Austin building evacuated due to activated alarm


An alarm was activated in the University of Connecticut’s Philip E. Austin Building Tuesday morning, leading students and faculty to evacuate the building as it rained outside.

“It was just an alarm activation,” university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said. “(First responders) checked and found no issues.”

It is not yet known what caused the alarm to be activated, according to Reitz.

“Right as class was starting, the fire alarm went off with a message telling everyone there was an emergency in the building,” fourth-semester geography major Garrett Kingsley said. “Everyone was confused and unsure if they should evacuate.”

Students evacuated the building to adjacent parking lots where they waited out the emergency alarm in the pouring rain, according to Kingsley.

An emergency vehicle arrived to the scene to disarm the emergency alarm and allow students to return to class, Kingsley said.

“Nobody was prepared to go into the rain,” Kingsley said. “Many students were soaked after 10 minutes before they allowed us back in.”

Andrew Miano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at

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