Painter Hall evacuated because of wires in fire alarm panel

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T.S. Painter Hall was evacuated earlier this morning because of a report of a strange odor, but the building is now being reopened.

Around 8 a.m. this morning, The University of Texas Police Department recieved a call about a strange odor in Painter Hall that was described as burning rubber, said UTPD Public Information Officer Cindy Posey. Emergency services, including UTPD and the Austin Fire Department, responded to the call.

"After the invesitgation we discovered that is was wires in the fire alarm panel that had burned out, and the smell was coming from the insulation around the wires," Posey said.

The building is being reopened, and any classes in the building are expected to resume.

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