Fresh closed for the night after cooking fire

Downing Student Union was evacuated Friday evening after a small kitchen fire set off sprinklers in Fresh.

Rebekah Alvey & Emma Austin

Downing Student Union was evacuated Friday at around 4 p.m. after a small fire in Fresh Food Company, a Bowling Green Fire Department official confirmed.

A small cooking fire was contained by sprinklers, Justin Brooks with BGFD said. The extent of the damage is not yet known, and the cause not confirmed. 

Aramark resident district manager Steve Hoyng said Fresh will be closed tonight but would not comment further.

Bus stops at The Valley, DSU and Keen Hall are closed due to the closure of Avenue of Champions, according to an email from WKU Parking and Transportation. The Topper Transit Green Line and White Line routes are detoured to State and Normal streets.

Freshmen Hannah Godby and Lizzie Smith were eating pizza in the DSU food court when the fire alarms started to go off. Smith said they didn’t think it was real until DSU workers started yelling for them to leave the building.

Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected]. Follow Rebekah Alvey on Twitter at @bekah_alvey.

Emma Austin can be reached at 270-745-0655 and [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @emmacaustin.