Wickersham residents relocated due to steam pipe bursting on campus
Cordero Reid/Sun Star Reporter
March 27, 2013
Residents of Wickersham were displaced due to a power outage on campus that caused a steam pipe to burst.
Firefighters rushed to the scene immediately, said Monica Owens, a sociology student and Wick resident who was present when the steam pipe set off the alarm.
“Around 4:30 p.m. the alarm went of and we evacuated the dorm,” Owens said outside Wickersham. “We were told it would be a couple of hours before we would be let back in. I thought it was another kitchen fire.”
Hours later, Residence life held a meeting with Wickersham residents discussing the situation.
“I’m sorry this happened,” said Laura McCollough, Director of ResLife to a crowd of students in Wickersham. “Looks like a pipe burst. The facilities, the the police, the fire, our vice Chancellor. Everybody has been here to make sure you have have what you need.”
Students were told that they would not be able to get back into the building for the night, possibly for a few days. Residence life staff said that students would be allowed to collect belongings they could carry from their dorms to their temporary re-assignments.
“There will be updates on the UAF Facebook page and through UAF’s alarm system,” said Brad Bishop, ResLife First Year Experience Coordinator. “Those are going to happen at 11 p.m. and noon tomorrow.”
The response from the students was positive. “While the staff was clearly concerned about our needs, they didn’t react irrationally, and executed a well thought-out plan,” Psychology Student Dustin J. Miner said.