Safe to re-enter buildings after North Campus gas leak

National Fuel on the scene to shut off leak

The Spectrum

North Campus buildings are safe to re-enter following this morning’s gas leak.

UB sent an alert at 9:24 a.m. stating there was a gas leak on Putnam Way, requesting everyone stay clear of Capen Hall for the time being. The next alert at 10:02 a.m. officially evacuated Park Hall, Baldy Hall, O’Brian Hall, Lockwood Library and the Jacobs Management Center and advised those on campus to “avoid walking in the direction of Flint Loop.”

UPD Deputy Chief Joshua Sticht said no evacuation of the Student Union was initially required, as it was “well outside of the initial area affected by the gas.” Sticht said when anyone called about odors outside of the evacuation zone, including at the Student Union, emergency responders check the areas to determine their safety.

National Fuel was on the scene and the gas leak was shut off by 10:49 a.m., according to a UB alert, and the buildings were ventilated.

Fire crews then checked the buildings and deemed them safe for re-entry.

This is a developing story.

Jacklyn Walters is the managing editor and can be reached at and @JacklynUBSpec.


Jacklyn Walters is a senior communication major and The Spectrum's managing editor. She enjoys bringing up politics at the dinner table and seeing dogs on campus.