Chaos continues: fire alarm in JHBB

Fire alarms sound after someone supposedly sets them off.


Fire alarms sounded in the John Henry Brookes Building this evening.

At approximately 6.50pm fire alarms across the John Henry Brookes Building were activated.

Students left the Forum and the library as sirens blared through the building.

Students evacuating John Henry Brookes Building

Students evacuating John Henry Brookes Building

Brookes receptionist Katie Hinton told The Tab “the fire alarm is sounding, so we have to take it seriously.”

Students congregated in huge numbers outside the entrance of John Henry Brookes Building.

Third year Beckie left standing in the cold.

Equine Science student Beckie left standing in the cold.

One librarian shouted at students telling them to move away from the building with little success.

Worryingly there appeared to be little direction and no one leading the evacuation.

Librarians shout to tell students to move away from the building

Librarian shouts to tell students to move away from the building

One librarian who didn’t want to be named told The Tab “because we’re in extended hours, I think it means there is no fire marshall. Fortunately we’ve had a little training.”

She continued “I heard some one had pressed a fire alarm button.”

Stragglers were seen evacuating the building 10 minutes after the siren sounded.

Stragglers leaving JHBB 10 minutes after the siren started

Stragglers leaving JHBB 10 minutes after the siren started

“It’s really annoying when you have work due for tomorrow,” Biology student Duncan complained.

Third year Saskia said, “It’s such a ball-ache.”

Student completing an timed test during the chaos.

Student completing a timed test during the chaos.

After 15 mins of the alarm sounding, students were allowed back in to the building.

An employee from Brookes Estates and Facilities Directorate reset the alarm.

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