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Venting Malfunction Prompts Fire Response On Penn State’s Campus

Fire crews arrived on Penn State’s campus Friday afternoon to investigate reports of smoke and odors inside the university’s east campus Computer Building.

According to Centre County dispatch, smoke and “strong odors” were reported inside the building at 364 Bigler Road. Fire crews arrived around 12:50 p.m. to investigate, but no fire damage or injuries were reported.

Officials on the dispatch said crew members later climbed to the building’s roof and found only one of the Computer Building’s air ventilation units was functioning fully. Another unit, which was entirely turned off, was leaking oil and likely causing the odor, the dispatch said.

By 1:22 p.m., fire officials were on their way off of campus. A Penn State Environmental Health & Safety official at the scene said university technicians were en route to take a closer look at the ventilation problem. Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant is expected to help address the reported issues, too.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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