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Fire in College of Family and Consumer Sciences Building

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Photo courtesy Michael Cardin
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Employees were forced to evacuate and part of Sanford Drive was shut down for a little more than an hour this afternoon, after a fire in a building in the College of Family Consumer Sciences.  

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Fireman on scene Lumpkin Street

Several Athens-Clarke County Fire trucks arrived on the scene to find smoke coming from the structure. Battalion Chief Roger Evans says crews were on scene almost immediately.

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South Lumpkin Street

“We got the call at approximately 11:30 today to a structure fire at 405 Sanford Drive,” according to Chief Evans. “Units responded, got here at approximately a little after 11:31 I think, 11:32. They found light smoke in the attic area, they quickly advanced to that area and extinguished the fire.”

Chief Evans says preliminary reports indicate a fan may have overheated, but the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.