University of Florida’s Norman Hall evacuated due to fire

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 9:47 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A fire at University of Florida’s Norman Hall is now contained.

UF issued a public safety alert at 8:51 p.m., Monday night, telling anyone inside the building to evacuate. Gainesville Fire Rescue crews and University of Florida police were on scene.

The university is no longer warning of heavy smoke in the area so the area longer needs to be avoided.

GFR crews said the fire started on the first floor of the building and was likely an electrical fire. To put out the fire, crews used a technique known as a “courtyard lay,” which includes a medium diameter supply hose deployed to the center of a large building that allows firefighters to attach multiple attack hoses to a specialized appliance.

No civilians or firefighters reported injuries. The cause of the fire will be confirmed by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

TV 20S Ruelle Fludd is at Norman Hall on UF’s campus where officials say a fire broke out.

Posted by WCJB TV20 News on Monday, September 14, 2020

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