By Kyeisha Muhammad
At approximately 2:12 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, University of Toledo students received text message notifications prompting students to evacuate Wolfe Hall and Bowman Oddy Laboratories: two conjoining buildings located on UT’s main campus near the West Ramp parking garage and the Thompson Student Union.
Students and an instructor were reportedly conducting a chemical experiment in a lab on the 4th floor of Wolfe Hall when a minor chemical leak occurred.
“I overheard someone talking about it; [It] happened in a sink.” said Nicholas Buhk, a fourth-year Biology major.
The spill caused the fire alarms to go off, first in Wolfe Hall, then 15 minutes later in Bowman Oddy, according to employees who work in Wolfe Hall.
“It sounds more like it’s a hazardous material leakage than an actual fire,” said second-year Wolf Gang Squire. Squire was on the first floor in a classroom in Bowman Oddy near the back of the building when the second alarm went off.
Students were still evacuating from a front entrance of Wolfe Hall nearly ten minutes after the Toledo Fire Department had arrived.
The chemical substance which caused the incident was unknown at the time, according to the fire department.
“There was a gas leak coming from Bowman Oddy and they want us to keep the building clear of any foot traffic.” said Officer Wilson who was directing traffic on West Rocket Drive near the Academic House.
The buildings are now open and safe.