UCSB Building Evacuated During Search for Possible Chlorine Leak | Local News - Noozhawk.com

2022-05-28 14:11:32 By : Ms. Sarah Liu

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Full hazardous-materials response was initiated after alarms were triggered at Elings Hall; no leak found

A full hazardous-materials response was initiated Thursday for a possible chlorine leak at a building on the UCSB campus.

Firefighters initially were dispatched to Elings Hall at about midnight after a chlorine sensor alarm kept sounding, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Attempts to reset the alarm were unsuccessful, Eliason said, and the situation later was upgraded to a full haz-mat incident.

The building was evacuated, along with some nearby structures.

Elings Hall, located near the Highway 217 entrance to the university, houses various science programs and labs.

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Chlorine tanks are located on the roof of the three-story building, Eliason said, adding that firefighters were trying to determine if the incident involved an actual chlorine leak or a faulty sensor.

Crews wearing “fully encapsulated Level-A protective suits” entered the building to investigate, and shut down the flow of chlorine from the tanks, Eliason said.

Sensors on the third and second floors of the building were triggering the alarm.

"After shutting off chlorine tanks, hazmat teams have determined there are no leaks, and are focusing on the buildings alarm sensors," Eliason said. "Firefighters will monitor and continue to clear the three-story building, and expect to handover building back to UCSB within the hour."

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