Around 12:05 a.m. last night, a fire alarm was set off on the fourth floor in Troy Hall evacuating the entire building for about an hour; however, according to Department of Public Safety officials, there was no fire.
“Someone set off a fire extinguisher as a prank and that set off the alarm. No one hurt, no suspect identified,” DPS Cpt. David Carlisle wrote in an email.
Some Troy East residents said there were many rumors circulating the building over the cause of the fire.
“I don’t know what happened but it was around 12:05 I think and the fire alarm went off. I went out on my door and there was smoke blocking the stairway. It was obvious that there was a fire,” said Emily Luu, a sophomore majoring in biology and neuroscience.
Luu said that firefighters came within five minutes of the alarm going off and everyone had to stay evacuated for nearly 45 minutes. Luu said that at the time, the residents knew nothing.
“They didn’t tell us anything, but I really want to find out. I don’t know if they know the cause, I just know they didn’t tell anyone,” Luu said.
However, Carlisle said that there was no fire according to their reports and that the smoke was the discharge from the fire extinguisher.