Fire alarms went off at St. Francis College this morning sending students, faculty and staff out of the building assuming that it was a regular drill.

Hundreds of students had to use the school’s two front exits and stand on Remsen Street at around 10 am in 39-degree weather.

The fire department arrived on the scene to figure out what had happened that sounded the alarm.

It turned out that the alarm was triggered due to smoke from maintenance work on the eighth floor, Richard Relkin, director of media relations, told SFC Today.

Two freshmen who were standing out in the cold referred to the incident as “annoying” and “crazy.”

Another freshman told SFC Today that he thought it was handled in a professional manner.

Once firefighters deemed the building safe, everyone returned inside and carried on with the day.