GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — East Carolina University’s police department reported a gas leak on campus Sunday morning and alerted students to avoid the impacted area.

(Sarah Gray Barr, WNCT photo)

An email sent out Sunday morning just after 9 indicated the gas leak was at the Main Campus Student Center. Officials said they were alerted of the gas leak around 8:30 a.m.

The alert read, “Out of an abundance of caution, ECU Police warn all people to stay away from this area. Emergency personnel are responding. People in adjacent buildings are instructed to stay indoors.”

WNCT’s Sarah Gray Barr spoke with ECU police and they said around 10:30 a.m. that it was an isolated incident believed to be from the cooking area at one of the eateries. The building was cleared of students and staff at the time.

ECU Police sent out a notice just after 11 a.m. Sunday with an all clear on the safety issue. The building remained closed to students and staff while the gas leak was being fixed.

“This is one of our larger buildings, and so to be able to clear it on a Sunday morning is not that difficult,” ECU Police Capt. Chris Sutton said.

“If it had been a normal business day, we sometimes have thousands of people come through this building because it’s really the welcome mat to the campus, so having it happen on a Sunday, is much different than having it happen on a Monday at lunchtime.”

Officials also said they were hopeful it would be fixed and the building would be reopened by Monday at the latest. ECU Police said they would send out an email notice when the building opens again.