Lab fire shuts down Chemistry building

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:03pm

A fire truck is parked outside the Chemistry building on Wednesday.

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The University of Michigan Chemistry building was evacuated and closed due to a lab fire at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

DPSS spokesperson Diane Brown said the incident, caused by an inflamed drum container, is still under investigation.

“We’re investigating what caused the fire, but shortly after the fire department arrived they were able to quickly extinguish the fire,” Brown said. “It had not spread, so there was no other damage other than to the container in which the fire occurred.”

Brown said no injuries had been reported.

DPSS’ initial Twitter bulletin, which stated that the fire department was on scene and the surrounding streets had been closed, was followed by a series of three updates. The first follow-up tweet reported the fire was clear and the building and surrounding streets were reopened at 10:19 a.m. However two following tweets established the Chemistry building had not been approved for re-occupancy until 10:37 a.m. As of 12 p.m. Wednesday, classes have resumed inside the building.