Smoke found in College of Education building causes 3-hour long evacuation


A small fire, mostly of smoke, was found in an air conditioning unit on the second floor of the north side of the College of Education building on Wednesday afternoon.

A report of smoke in the College of Education building was called into University Police (UP) at approximately 12:27 p.m. and the building was evacuated and searched by Tampa Fire Rescue.

A barring in one of the air handlers was the cause of the smoke, UP spokeswoman Lt. Charlotte Domingo said.

Faculty and students waited outside the building as a ventilation truck was brought to the scene by Tampa Fire Rescue to clear the smoke from the building.

“(The ventilation truck) makes it more comfortable for people to re-enter the building,” Domingo said.

The south side of the building was reopened at 2:57 p.m, and the north side reopened at 3:33 p.m. No injuries were reported.

“It was more irritating than anything else,” UP Cpl. Edward Lutz said. “Nothing dangerous. Just some missed classes.”

—Reporting by Elizabeth Engasser