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Early-morning fire alarm awakens Panthers in Seattle

Panthers players and coaches were awakened before 6 a.m. Sunday and forced to evacuate their rooms at a downtown hotel after a fire alarm was activated on the team’s floors.

The alarm sounded around 5:40 a.m., and the team gathered in a meeting room on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt until an all-clear announcement was made around 6, according to a statement released by the team.

The Panthers said they would let the NFL investigate the matter.

“Obviously, this is an issue that directly affects our club,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said. “We will let the hotel and the league investigate.”

The alarm did not affect every floor where members of the team’s traveling party were staying. But players were roused from their sleep on the morning of their matchup with the Seahawks.

Kicker Graham Gano tweeted a photo of two fire trucks while asking “who pulled the fire alarm,” while backup quarterback Derek Anderson tweeted that the alarm “just happened to our floors only ... guess that’s by chance.”

The Panthers arrived in Seattle on Friday night, a day earlier than their normal travel schedule, to help get adjusted to the three-hour time difference.

A hotel employee said the matter was under investigation and that the hotel would have no further comment.