Archive for Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Strange odor leads to KU evacuating student health services center

A strange odor caused alarm and an evacuation of about 60 people from KU's student health center.

July 7, 2009, 2:08 p.m. Updated July 7, 2009, 4:52 p.m.


University's student health services center was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after an odor was noticed inside the building, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said.

Division Chief Eve Tolefree said no health hazards were associated with the "sewer gas odor" at Watkins Memorial Health Center, 1200 Schwegler Drive.

About 60 people inside the building were evacuated at 12:30 p.m., while the source of the odor was investigated, said Diana Malott, assistant director at the health center.

Workers were allowed to return to the building about an hour later, after the odor was discovered to be coming from a restroom inside the building.

"They think it was coming from a drain in one of the bathrooms that had been cleaned with a real powerful cleaner," Malott said. She said it's believed the cleaner reacted with the material in the drain and caused sulfur gas to be released, causing the smell.

“Tests were run, and it was determined that gas levels were below permissible exposure limits,” said Jill Jess, university spokeswoman.


Shane Garrett 8 years, 10 months ago

I think the whole story stinks! (i'll start the funnies)

alm77 8 years, 10 months ago

Beans for lunch = getting the afternoon off! Alright!!

always4ever 8 years, 10 months ago

It was an hour or so outside on a beautiful afternoon. Thankfully, it didn't turn out to be anything serious. Thanks to the police and fire departments, and various KU departments for checking it out!

gsxr600 8 years, 10 months ago

It's smelled like "sewage gas" odor in the Kansas Union for the past 2 weeks and we were never evacuated....

BigPrune 8 years, 10 months ago

Chipotle burrito with pinto beans please. That thing was the size of a small child. Now my stomach hurts a lot.

Hey, my stomach ache went away. I wonder if anyone noticed?

Sound the alarm, evacuate the building! Get Al Gore on the line.

kcgregory 8 years, 10 months ago

rick's place never had any trouble operating over on vermont with that smell

Chris Ogle 8 years, 10 months ago

I wasn't anywhere near that place.... I promise.

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