Hydraulic leak causes building evacuation

March 19, 2003, midnight | By Kevin Fang, Jeremy Hoffman | 21 years, 3 months ago

At 4:02p.m. today, Mar 19, a smell thought to be a gas leak forced all students and staff to evacuate the building. After 15 minutes of waiting outside in the blustery weather, Principal Phillip Gainous went onto the P.A. system to give the all-clear.

The emergency was initially reported because of a gas-like stench, which permeated throughout Blair Boulevard. "We got that smell and thought it was gas," Gainous said.

In actuality, the source of the problem was a hydraulic leak from one of the SAC doors leading out to the student parking lot. "Like transmission fluid," Gainous said, describing the leak.

The cause of the leak was probably regular wear and tear on the hydraulic ram, according to night leader Harold Walker.

The building's circulation system was responsible for the rapid spread of the odor. "The fans suck the air out, and you smell it all over the second and third floors," said Walker.

The spill should be cleaned up tonight.

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