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Fire in College of Family and Consumer Sciences Building

Photo courtesy Michael Cardin

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.  

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.

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.