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Sprinkler rains in Barnes Hall

It rained inside and outside for Barnes-Campbell Hall residents yesterday evening.

A sprinkler head was knocked off at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday in Barnes, sending the residents out into the afternoon storms.

The fire alarms in the building were activated when the sprinkler went off, said Rachel Barrett, Barnes’ assistant hall director.

She could not comment on the location of the displaced sprinkler head or how much damage was in the dorm.

The students were evacuated within three minutes, she said. Some stood in the rain while others retreated to Bemis Lawrence Hall and the Downing University Center.

Campus police and the Bowling Green Fire Department were on the scene shortly after the evacuation, Barrett said.

Campus police were unavailable for comment Monday night.

Students were able to re-enter at about 9:25 p.m. There were no injuries during the incident.

“The building was shut down so we could clean up and have a safe environment,” Barrett said.

Tiles had been removed from part of the lobby ceiling and part of the lobby was closed off. The carpet was visibly damp in that area.

Bowling Green freshman Malcolm Williams, who lives on the ninth floor of Barnes, said he was out of the dorm when the building was evacuated. He wasn’t sure of the extent of the damage to Barnes.

“As long as it happens nowhere near the ninth floor, I’m all right,” he said.