Fire causes evacuation of North Dining Hall
Observer Staff Report | Friday, April 8, 2016
A small electrical fire caused a complete evacuation of North Dining Hall just before 8 p.m. Thursday night. After all students and staff left the building, the fire was contained in the electrical room in the basement, according to the Notre Dame Security Police. Emergency vehicles from several fire departments responded to the alarm.
“As a result of that alarm, it’s standard procedure for Notre Dame to respond, along with Clay [County] and South Bend Fire Departments, along with the Notre Dame Police Department. So that’s why you see this large response,” Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an interview with WNDU.
NDSP confirmed the fire was extinguished by 10 p.m., and the entire building is currently undergoing safety checks. As a precaution, the power was turned off in North Dining Hall. Additionally, the fire department at the scene blocked off parts of the surrounding area, around Farley Hall, Geddes Hall and Mod Quad. Crews at North Dining Hall are working to restore power to the building.
North Dining Hall will be closed all day Friday, according to an email sent to students that morning.