Crime

June 13, 2014

Fire officials: Gas leak forced USC evacuation

A USC building has been evacuated and nearby streets blocked.

A USC building was evacuated and nearby streets blocked after a Friday afternoon gas leak.

More than 25 firefighters responded to the call, which came at about 2:20 p.m. at the at the Swearingen Engineering Center near Assembly Street. The scene was cleared and the building and roads reopened by 4 p.m.

Jamie Helms, assistant fire chief with the Columbia Fire Department, said the leak involved a 5-pounds compressed cylinder of hydrogen chloride gas. The building's scrubbing system worked appropriately to contain the leak through ventilation.

Helms said USC officials would investigate what caused the leak.

Related content

Comments

Videos

Editor's Choice Videos