UPDATE: Campus police give OK to enter SF State Humanities Building after fire

Humanities Building
Raul Ramirez talks to firemen from Battalion 9, right, who were called to SF State after a small fire ignited inside a restroom on the third floor of the Humanities Building in San Francisco Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m.: Students are now allowed re-entry into the Humanities Building, according to Shimanoff.

UPDATE 7:43 P.M.: Susan Shimanoff, the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, told students that she needed clearance from campus police. After borrowing a phone from a student who was trying to re-enter the building, Shimanoff called campus police for clearance. Students are waiting for campus police to come and give permission to enter the building.

UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: San Francisco Fire Department left the scene at approximately 7:37 p.m. The fire was extinguished.

A small fire broke out in the men’s bathroom of the third floor of the Humanities Building today at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students evacuated as fire alarms sounded throughout the building. Thomas Figg-Hoblyn saw a fire in the trash can of the bathroom.

“I opened the door and on the floor, the top of the trash can was on fire,” he said. He reported that campus police responded quickly and extinguished the small blaze.

The San Francisco Fire Department arrived on the scene around 7:25.

Updates will follow as the situation develops.