Cause of alarm indeterminate, fire chief says

Chadron firefighters stand outside the front entrance of Miller Hall after receiving an emergency alarm signal Monday, February 14. — Photo by Chelsie Moreland

Chadron firefighters stand outside the front entrance of Miller Hall after receiving an emergency alarm signal Monday, February 14. — Photo by Chelsie Moreland

After alarms were activated due to the presence of smoke in the entryway of Miller Hall, two fire trucks, five police cars, and an ambulance responded to the call that was placed on Monday.

Police arrived first and evacuated anyone still in the building, and shortly after, firefighters showed up and began to search for the source of the fire.

When the firefighters entered the building, they smelled something, but could not determine what it was, Pat Gould, fire chief, said.

Firefighters searched the entire building, including the ceiling tiles and basement, but could not locate a fire. The firefighters packed up and left, followed by the police and the ambulance.

The cause of the smoke was not determined, but there was speculation of an overheated motor in the pop machines or something electrical in the storage room that triggered the incident.

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