[Update 9:56 p.m.] Dryer Ignites in Alder Hall at HSU
Update 9:56 p.m.: Press release from Arcata Fire:
University police (UPD) received a fire alarm activation at Alder Hall. At the same time Arcata Fire District was dispatched to the same location and for the same alarm. Upon further investigation a UPD officer saw smoke coming from the first floor of Alder Hall and upgraded the alarm to a full fire alarm response.
The first engine on scene reported light to moderate white smoke coming from the first floor laundry room of Alder Hall. The fire crew made entry into the laundry room and reported it to be a dryer fire. After further investigation, the crew reported there was no fire; the sprinkler system had activated and knocked down the fire. “There was heavy smoke in the room but after we cleared it out we realized the fire started because of a malfunctioning motor blowing unit inside the dryer” stated Fire Captain Nate Padula.
There were no injuries reported and the student housing authorities are currently working on getting the students back into their apartments.
Arcata Fire District responded with two engines, one truck and two chief officers. Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded as automatic aid with one engine and Humboldt Bay Fire Department responded as automatic aid with one engine and one chief officer. UPD responded to the initial alarm and provided logistics after fire crews arrived on scene.
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Original Post: Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire in Alder Hall at Humboldt State University a little before 8 p.m. tonight. According to the scanner, the fire was quickly extinguished. Arcata Fire sent out the following tweet about the incident:
Sprinklers saves lives at Alder Hall! pic.twitter.com/UG65KSDr3Z
— Arcata Fire District (@ArcataFire) September 19, 2015