Fire alarm sounds in science building

A fire alarm switch in the CFS building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on 3/25/2015. Photo by Joseph Rivas
A fire alarm switch in the CFS building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on 3/25/2015. Photo by Joseph Rivas

A fire alarm was triggered in the Center for Sciences building at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, but the cause is unclear.

Physics Instructor Mark Bowen said the alarm lasted about 10-15 minutes.

The Sheriff’s station declined to comment on details of the incident.

Life Sciences Department Chair Laurence Thouin said he has heard the alarm only once before.

“One other time on a Friday,” Thouin said. “The other one went off by an insect bomb, a bug fog bomb.”

Though details are unknown, Thouin said it may have been a false alarm.

“I don’t want to guess,” Thouin said. “I just wouldn’t be surprised if a student didn’t want to take a test.”