Today, Feb. 16, at 6:37 p.m. the fire alarm in Arnold Hall –the general studies and writing building– went off loudly, filling the classrooms and forcing students and faculty to evacuate. Shortly after, two firetrucks, a couple of police cars and SCAD security vans arrived on the scene as students gathered outside.

“I was in math class. We just kind of heard the fire alarm and everybody left pretty quickly,” third-year furniture design major Matt McCarter from Philadelphia said.

According to a SCAD security worker, who asked not to be named, they dispatched in and there was no fire. They simply spoke to the fire department and stood waiting for the systems to reset. As to why the fire trucks showed up –they have to; if the fire alarm goes off, they are dispatched immediately. Arnold Hall is given high priority as an educational public building.

Carlos Gonzales, a physics professor who teaches in room 203 stood outside with his students for more than 40 minutes, waiting to get back in.

“We’re stranded here now because we tried to evacuate as soon as possible in case the fire is real. Everyone says it’s not, but you want to be sure. We left everything upstairs,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales has been working for SCAD for more than a year and has never heard the alarm go off before.

“I sort of kept working a little… I was like it’s a drill, whatever!” said Emma Davis, architecture second-year student from Arkansas.

Soon after, at around 7:50 p.m., the police left and students were allowed back in the facility to get their things and go home.