On This Day in IUPUI History: April 1, 1993

April 1, 1993. 

On this day, a fire occurred in the Indiana University School of Dentistry utility tunnel. Staff discovered the fire at nearly eleven a.m. and called city fire crews to the scene. Police quickly blocked off Michigan Street. Students, faculty, staff, and patients in the school's clinic all rushed out of the building. Staff directed patients in the middle of procedures to the nearby Oral Health Institute building to finish their work.

The blaze turned out to be a minor electrical fire which was suppressed quickly. However, administrators canceled dentistry classes for the day in part for the lingering smoke odor. All was back to order and business the next day. The emergency was the first evacuation of the School of Dentistry building in earnest in memory. 

Dentistry student with patient, 1994 294-5565-001

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Updated Apr 01, 2019 by Editor Name Missing