By Sonal Dhiman and Karl Schneider

Students and workers at the college were evacuated from the College Commons building during an emergency fire alarm.

Students and workers at the college were evacuated from the College Commons building during an emergency fire alarm. Photo by Karl Schneider

The emergency fire alarm was sounded in the College Center building of Lorain County Community College’s main campus at approximately 11:03 a.m. today, Nov. 26.

Students and workers in the building were evacuated out of the building until the Elyria fire department responded and gave the OK to return inside.

Someone is said to have pulled the emergency fire alarm in the stairwell near Starbucks in the CC building, according to campus security. Surveillance footage is being reviewed to identify the suspect.

Captain William Gall of Elyria fire department and part-time campus security worker was on scene during the emergency alarm. “We have limited resources, so putting so many people on the road for one job is risky,” said Gall.

LCCC campus security understands the severity of fire emergencies, especially since the arson incident in 2009, according to Gall. “If you were there for the tunnel fire, you could’ve known how seriously we take fire calls. That was a big and bad fire,” said Gall.