Banners trigger fire alarm at Durack

Staff reporter, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
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Banners used for a NAIDOC celebrations accidentally triggered a fire alarm at Durack Institute of Technology this morning, forcing the temporary evacuation of hundreds of students and staff.

Station officer Jason Dunn of Geraldton Fire Station said the banners were inside a new building fitted with a new optical beam fire detection system.

When a door was opened wind caused the banners to flutter, disrupting the beam and setting off the alarm.

The incident happened at 9.54am.

Mr Dunn said classes were interrupted for about 15 minutes.

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