University officials and firefighters have now given the all clear for the area.
Firefighters were called to University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union Thursday to extinguish a trash can fire, authorities said. According to Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady, the small blaze occurred in a ballroom at the facility. The fire was extinguished shortly before 1 p.m. "Some smoke removal" was required, Brady said, but no injuries were reported. In a university-wide alert sent around 12:45 p.m., administrators urged people to avoid the area as firefighters completed their work.
Students are seeking to have the chain removed from the university's College Park campus.
Some 850 people have signed onto a petition seeking to bar Chick-Fil-A from the University of Maryland's College Park campus, the Washington Blade reports. The push follows comments made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy this summer against gay marriage, including the statement that people seeking to broaden the legal definition of marriage were "inviting God's judgment on our nation." Cathy's remarks—as well as contributions made by the chain to groups that oppose gay marriage—tipped off a series of protests and boycotts of the restaurant. Others have rallied around Chick-fil-A, defending the eatery's stances and dining at the restaurant in droves to show support. Organizer Kyle Milligan, who posted the petition on Change.org, told the …