FIRST ON WITN: Employees Get Sick From Sewage Smell

The new student center at Pitt Community College has reopened after being evacuated this morning.

Fire and rescue units responded to the Goess Student Center around 8:30 a.m.

PCC spokeswoman Susan Nobles tells WITN the smell was caused by a sewage vent problem.

The contractor who built the facility fixed the problem and the student center reopened at 1:00 p.m.

Winterville and Red Oak Fire Department and EMS officials were alerted after a college employee pulled the fire alarm as a safety measure to quickly evacuate the building.

One employee was treated for respiratory distress at the scene by EMS officials. Another employee complained of mild nausea.

The college says Basic Law Enforcement Training graduation will go on as scheduled in the building tonight.


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  • by WITN Moderator Location: witn.com on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    To Confused: Thanks for catching that editing error. The original info released to us by PCC said they were students. An update four hours later changed that to employees. In editing, we failed to update the headline.
  • by confused Location: greenville on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    The title of this story is misleading. Nowhere in the story does it say that any students got sick. The only mention of any illness was "One employee was treated for respiratory distress at the scene by EMS officials. Another employee complained of mild nausea."
  • by James R Location: Gvegas on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    New building: funky on the outside and even funkier on the inside.
  • by Anonymous #2 Location: Greenville, NC on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    Yeah when I went to school this morning at 8:30 I was wondering what all was going on over there with the fire trucks and the campus police all over there.
  • by Hmm on Apr 2, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    Yeah thats nice our new state of the art building is already having problems.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    that was sick! when i went back to my apartment i felt as if i was going to barf
  • by Mortie Location: Rocky Hock on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    Biden comes to eastern NC and look what happens.
  • by Dave Location: Anywhere on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    This really stinks; I hope that they can flush out the problem.
  • by Wilma Location: poopadoopa, PA on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    What a crappy situation.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Tyler, I take you have seen the bathrooms there too. What happened to home training. Lol. Hope everyone is okay.
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