At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday, October 17 Campus Police responded to a report of an individual experiencing difficulty breathing in Oak Hall. Upon arrival at the building, Campus Police determined that an unknown irritant was present in the air and deemed it appropriate, for the safety of the residents, to evacuate the building. Cambria County Emergency Management Services (EMS) and Richland Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, and the building was ventilated.
All residents of Oak Hall were relocated to the Cambria Room in the Student Union and were accounted for. No one was exhibiting any signs of distress upon arrival at the Student Union.
County EMS officials employed a mass spectrometer, which detected no foreign matter in the air.
Officials from Richland Fire Department and Cambria County EMS, after thorough inspection of the building, declared the building safe. At 12:00 a.m., Sunday, October 18, all residents were told they could return to their rooms.
Pitt-Johnstown Campus Police will continue to monitor the building throughout the morning. This was an isolated incident, affecting only Oak Hall.
The weekend resident population for Oak Hall on Saturday, October 17 was 75.