GGC responds to building incident

An explosion in a women’s restroom injured one person and closed a building at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) early this morning. Gwinnett County officials are investigating, but there are no indications at this time that the incident was an intentional act. 

An apparently unrelated fire alarm was activated shortly after 7:30 a.m. in classroom Building A. Fire officials were in the building to investigate the alarm when the restroom explosion happened at about 8:02 a.m. One woman in the restroom was seriously injured and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. The injured individual is an employee of Aramark, a firm contracted to provide food services for the college. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured worker and her family,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, president of GGC. “We are thankful no one else was hurt and we are cooperating with officials to determine what caused this explosion. We are appreciative of the partnership and collaboration with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Lawrenceville Police Department and representatives from the FBI and ATF. 

The college immediately notified all students, faculty and staff via its emergency alert system that the building was temporarily closed. Because its telecommunications services are located in the building, the campus lost phone and Internet service when power was shut off as a precautionary measure. 

The building, which is leased by the college from The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), houses a large number of classrooms, laboratories and offices. It also contains a small food court and dining area. 

Depending on Gwinnett County officials’ investigation, the college will adjust its class schedule to accommodate courses disrupted by the lack of access to assigned rooms and labs. Students will be updated via the college’s website, e-mail and social media.

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