Small fire causes OWU building evacuation


Dozens of Ohio Wesleyan students received unexpected time out of class after an apparent fire within a piece of laboratory equipment set off smoke alarms in the Schimmel-Conrades Science Center.


Chief John Donahue of DFD meets with OWU PS Director Bob Wood, right, and Inspector Richard Morman.

The Delaware Fire Department responded with two engines and other vehicles but no ambulances; Chief John Donahue personally visited the scene. The Delaware Police Department was not on site, but Ohio Wesleyan Public Safety officers including Director Bob Wood were present.


Firefighters exit the Schimmel-Conrades Science Center

Several firefighters entered the building wearing fire-resistant coats but did not appear to be using face masks or their oxygen tanks, while others entered without coats. Other individuals who appeared to be assisting the firefighters did not wear protective gear as well.


Firefighters opened the scientific oven, then closed it when smoke came out.

The firefighters received applause from the students when they wheeled out a scientific oven, the source of the fire. It was then looked at OWU professors, Public Safety officers and Inspector Mark Huston of DFD.


The fire occurred around 2:00 p.m., and re-entry began before 3:00 p.m., though the doors were left open to clear out the building.

About Spenser Hickey

Spenser Hickey is the DelawareO's reporter for the City Hall beat and a photographer. Providing bi-weekly summaries of Delaware City Council meetings, he seeks to inform and explore the local issues that define Delaware. A senior Journalism major at Ohio Wesleyan, he has also written for the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and The Transcript, OWU's independent student newspaper.

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