Clement Hall Briefly Evacuated, Now Reopened

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee evacuated the Clement Hall residence hall today at approximately 4 p.m. The building was opened about an hour later.

The Knoxville Fire Department and the UT Police Department ordered the evacuation after several UT employees reacted to cleaning chemicals. Workers were disposing of the chemicals when two of them were irritated by the strong odor and complained of respiratory problems.

The building was ventilated for about an hour and KFD authorized the re-opening of the building at 5:05 p.m. One UT worker was taken to Fort Sanders Medical Center and another was treated and released from the UT Student Health Service.

No students reported discomfort or sought medical treatment, according to UT police.

Clement Hall, an eight-story co-ed residence hall located at 1629 West Cumberland Ave., houses 650 students.

Contact: Jay Mayfield (865-386-7778)