UPDATE: Assistant Chief Lindsay Stromgren report below:
Amherst Fire Department responded to yet another box alarm, this one at Pierpont Dorm in the Southwest area of UMass at 9:36 PM last night. First units on the scene reported "heavy smoke in the basement" and an additional tone was issued calling in all off duty personnel.
The fire, believed to be an electrical malfunction, started in a dryer and smoke and water damaged was contained to the basement area. One person on the scene (a Resident Assistant) was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a precaution for non life threatening exposure to smoke.
A little after 11:00 PM AFD dismissed off duty firefighters, the building fire alarms were reset and students were allowed back in the building for the night.
In an email this morning from Assistant Chief Lindsay Stromgren:
The call came in at 2130 initially for an outside fire so two engines were sent, then was updated while they were enroute to be heavy smoke in the basement so a Box alarm was toned out for the department. It turns out it was a fire in the basement laundry room, behind one of the dryers, which was extinguished with a small amount of water from the hose that the first in crew advanced. A secondary fire had started outside as a result of burning debris being blown out the dryer vent into a vent shaft next to the building that was full of leaves. This fire was extinguished by another crew with a fire extinguisher. The fire alarm had been activated by the heat detector in the laundry room but it did not get hot enough to activate the sprinkler system although there was one present. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not suspicious; it appears to have involved one of the dryers but not the clothes that were in the dryer. Damage was limited to the dryer, some duct work and electrical conduits, and minor smoke and water damage in the room and hallway. All residents were allowed to return to their rooms after about 1 ½ hours. One resident was found to have not evacuated his room on the same level as the fire when the alarm sounded and his name has been forwarded to the Dean’s office for disciplinary action.
Other than that however a relatively quiet weekend for AFD as many students had gone home: