CSU Police Department responded to a fire at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday
in the Physiology Building.
“I saw smoke billowing from the ceiling and I thought this was
the real thing,” said Debbie Barlin, a biomedical sciences
administrator. “I called 911 and got out.”
The fire started on the second floor near the women’s bathroom.
It was caused by an emergency back-up light transformer, which is a
back-up light system that activates when the central light system
goes out so people see in the building and get out safely, said
officer Bret Wagner of the CSU Police Department.
There was no harm to the building, but the emergency back-up
light transformer was damaged.
Wagner said everyone in the building was evacuated for about 15
No foul play is suspected.
“The fire was mechanical, not arson,” Wagner said.
Collegian photojournalist Steve Rydzon contributed to this