At the time of posting there are more flashing lights outside of Hall-Atwater, including 4 firetrucks. Apparently there was the smell of smoke (a different smell than before) in Professor Weir’s lab and the fire alarm was pulled and Fire Department was called to be on the safe side (understandably). The building has been evacuated for now.
It sounded unlikely that there was further damage to Hall-Atwater, but it does seem that it will be more difficult to restore power to the remaining sections of the building, and it may be some time before that happens.
I’ll update this post with more details if I find out anything more. Comment if you know anything!
[UPDATE] At this point, at least five fire trucks have been outside of Hall-Atwater for nearly two hours, with four spanning the length of Lawn Avenue and one engine from the South District parked on the Church Street side of the building.
Public Safety and the MPD have set up several roadblocks to prevent traffic from entering the Lawn-Home area. Home Avenue is closed to through vehicular traffic from the corner of Ravine Avenue and Beach Street. A Public Safety officer manning the roadblock could be heard telling drivers that there is “a fire at Hall-Atwater,” while another P-Safe officer stationed outside of Hall-Atwater, on the Church Street side of the building, was unwilling to speculate, saying only that “there was a flare-up” and that the fire department had contained the problem.
As of 4:15 PM, several firefighters could be seen lugging a large, light-blue, cabinet-like container that looked slightly charred out of the building. [Justin, 4:30 PM]