MALTA — Bitterly cold weather caused a false fire alarm and two water pipe breaks at Kishwaukee College today.
The building was evacuated during the false fire alarm about 10:30 a.m. when a sprinkler head that burst in the vestibule inside door 16, the main entry into the college's conference center, said Rob Galick, vice president of finance and administration. His office is responsible for campus operations, maintenance and emergency response.
"I was 99 percent sure it was weather-related and, about 30 seconds after people started streaming out of the building, we determined it was not a fire emergency," Galick said.
The fire system indicates precisely where the problem is, allowing staff to quickly confirm there was no emergency.
Galick said a pipe burst in the south entry of the student center, near door 16, about 4 a.m. The pipe serves radiant heaters in the main foyer of the building.
"Water was spewing everywhere," Galick said. "That vestibule was completely underwater."
The sprinkler break will be easy to fix, as officials have the part on hand, but the repair in the student center will take longer. Galick expects both doors will be closed for the rest of the day, so students and visitors should use other entrances.