Hazardous chemicals filled Mendenhall Student Center on Jan. 6 and took officials less than an hour to control.
At 7:20 a.m., ECU Alert sent an email to students informing there had been a “hazardous chemical release, in the form of gas,” inside Mendenhall. People were advised to exit the building and for those who were nearby to stay indoors.
“ECU Police warn all people to stay away from this area. Emergency personnel, including GFR (Greenville Fire/Rescue), GUC (Greenville Utility Commission) and ECU Facilities, are responding. People in adjacent buildings are instructed to stay indoors,” the alert said.
Officials stated an all clear at 8:02 a.m. when ECU Alert notified students through email to continue with normal activities.
“The gas leak at MSC has been contained at this time. There is no further threat to life safety. Normal operations may continue,” the alert said.
It has not been stated what caused the gas leak or what measures were taken to eliminate the problem. Both staff and students are allowed to continue work in the building.