Posted By: Camila Orti
It's all fun and games until the fire department shows up.
UNL police officials say a pillow fight triggered a UNL dorm's sprinkler system, forcing hundreds of students to evacuate.
The incident made for a busy morning for University Housing workers who mopped and cleaned through the morning.
"We had people get called in as early as shortly after midnight," Assoc. Dir. of Housing Facilities Larry Shippen said.
UNLPD and Lincoln Fire & Rescue were called to a fire alarm just after 11 p.m., and found that water was coming from a fifth floor sprinkler head in Schramm Hall on city campus. Officials say a student admitted that in the midst of a pillow fight, the sprinkler was hit.
"The sprinkler head released and basically flooded the building from the fifth floor down to the basement," Shippen said.
Shippen estimates the water was shut off after 10 to 20 minutes, and is glad it didn't take any longer.
"About 60 gallons of water a minute will pump through that sprinkler head, so we had a significant amount of water to clean up as it worked its way down through the building," Shippen said.
That's at least 600 gallons, or roughly 20 bathtubs full of water.
The damage was primarily located in the hallways, floors and ceilings of the building, but spared most people's belongings. Though the damage may be minimal, Shippen says he's concerned about floor tiles and the possibility of mold.
Around 200 students staying in the dorm for a conference were evacuated. They were relocated to other campus housing facilities for the night.
Housing management is still assessing damage costs.