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County fire: No chemical leak at UCSB building

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to several alarms sounding on the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista Thursday morning.

Just after 6 a.m. alarms in Elings Hall alerted officials to a possible chemical leak. When crews arrived, they discovered a possible chlorine leak in a third-floor lab at Elings Hall.

The entire building was evacuated as fire department teams investigated.

Hazmat crews made entrance into the building and monitored the chemical levels. Firefighters worked to reset the alarm and shut off chlorine tanks on the roof.

After shutting off the chlorine tanks, hazmat crews determined there were no leaks and the focus shifted to the building's alarm sensors.

After several hours of investigation, the scene was cleared and UCSB was given control over the building once again.

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