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    UCA's Burdick Hall evacuated for 2nd time this month

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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - In recent weeks, the University of Central Arkansas evacuated a building due to many students feeling sick while in class. Today, officials evacuated the same building, Burdick Hall, after many reported similar symptoms.

    Just before 11:00 a.m., a professor and several students experienced dizziness, and had strong headaches. After stepping outside, they began to feel better.

    UCA officials decided to evacuate the building and schedule classes in another location for the afternoon.

    The fire department checked the air quality system, but said they found nothing unusual. UCA called alternative air quality experts in Friday afternoon to test the quality again.

    The director of Organizational and Community Services at UCA, Arch Jones, said the university took immediate action and evacuated the building, "Paramedics didn't have to take anyone to the hospital, but the University did move all remaining classes to a new location, where they will remain until the testing is complete."

    If you're a UCA student with classes in Burdick Hall, visit www.uca.edu to find out where your class will be temporarily located.

    Below is a release from UCA officials: 

     

    Classes will not be held in Burdick Hall until a toxicology firm has completed its testing of the building, according to UCA officials. Classes have been moved to another location on campus.

    One professor and at least six students complained of feeling ill about 10:40 a.m., Friday. The building was evacuated. No one was transported to the hospital. The building was reopened for faculty and staff. Classes were moved Friday to the Speech Language Pathology building.

    Officials with the Conway Fire Department, MEMS, the Department of Health and UCA Physical Plant conducted air quality test, which showed normal oxygen levels, said Conway Fire Chief Bart Castleberry. Carbon monoxide detectors and oxygen level meters installed in the building last week also indicated normal oxygen levels.

    Officials have contacted a third company, Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health LLC, to conduct toxicology and environmental health tests. Once a report is received, officials will determine whether classes will resume in Budrick.

    "If not, we will take appropriate action as recommended in the report," said UCA President Tom Courtway.

    Officials also plan to install ceiling fans in each classroom to assist with the airflow.

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