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Fire crews responded to a hydrochloric incident in one of Penn's School Engineering and Applied Sciences' buildings early morning on Jan. 5. 

The hazardous material crews reported smoke coming out of the top floor of the Moore School Building, located at 33rd and Walnut streets, around 8 a.m., but they did not confirm the cause of the hazmat incident. Officials told CBS Philadelphia that no students or staff were present in the building at the time and no injuries were reported at the scene. 

The Division of Public Safety did not release any safety alerts via text or email in the morning. 

A traffic alert was posted on the DPS website and Twitter account around the time of the incident, barring any traffic on Walnut Street between 30th and 34th streets. The alert was updated later that afternoon to indicate the area was clear. 


DPS did not respond to request for comment. 

Normal University operations were suspended for Jan. 5 in response to the snowstorm the day before.

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