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October 4, 2013

PSU building evacuated

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Kehoe Administration Building was evacuated Thursday after a coolant leak was discovered on the fifth floor.

Maintenance workers, who discovered the leak while doing work on a coolant line under the floor, as well as members of University Police and Plattsburgh City Fire Department, were sent to CVPH Medical Center as a precautionary measure, according to Bryce Hoffman, executive director of Marketing and Communications at the college.

However, he said, he was not aware of anyone suffering injuries from the incident.

As soon as the leak was discovered, Hoffman noted, the building was evacuated and remained closed for two hours while the hazard was removed and the building ventilated.

“A positive-pressure fan was set up to clear out the gas,” City Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Stone said in a written report of the incident to City Hall.

Though students were unable to conduct business in the building while it was closed, Hoffman noted, “it was a pretty minor inconvenience.”

Information about the possible symptoms of exposure to the hazardous material, which was identified as a refrigerant called ISCEON M099, was distributed on campus, he added, and people have been asked to report if they experience any such symptoms.

Hoffman noted, however, it was unlikely.

“Everything seems to be back to normal,” he said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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