Firefighters are on the scene at Dalhousie University’s faculty of management campus after smoke forced students to evacuate.
All students and staff evacuated Kenneth C. Rowe building at 9:19 a.m. after fire alarms went off, according to Dalhousie security.
Halifax Regional Fire received a call about a smoke condition on the first floor of 6100 University Ave. about two minutes after the alarm.
“Crews are still checking but we haven’t found the cause,” said District Chief Mike Blackburn. “There is an odour in the building as well as a slight haze.”
Firefighters are currently in the building with an electrician to determine the cause.
Meanwhile a power outage has closed Dalhousie's main Studley campus.
"Affected buildings will remain closed for the afternoon, and buildings that are closed should be vacated," Dalhousie said on its Twitter account at about 11:25 a.m. "Employees are not expected to remain at work and will not be recalled to work this afternoon. . . . We will update by 2:30 p.m. as to whether the university will re-open in time for evening classes."
The power outage in south-end Halifax is affecting more than 1,500 customers. The cause is related to damaged equipment, Nova Scotia Power said on its outage map website.
There were three other smaller power outages in the Halifax area on Tuesday, in Clayton Park, Purcells Cove and at South/Queen streets downtown. The cause of those outages is being investigated.