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Report of smoke at USF ruled false alarm


Published:   |   Updated: August 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM

A report of smoke at the University of South Florida College of Medicine Sunday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm, according to authorities.

At 1:46 p.m., Tampa Fire Rescue received a call from a witness regarding a haze in the air on the college’s fourth floor. Partly because of the possibility of a chemical reaction inside the building, the building was evacuated with the help of USF police officers.

Each floor of the structure was investigated by TFR’s Hazardous Materials Team using chemical detection meters. No evidence of fire or abnormal chemical reaction was found.

The investigation lasted about two hours and involved 36 firefighters, fire rescue said.

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