Chemistry department at UEA evacuated after laboratory fire

Emergency services on the UEA Campus near a laboratory fire that had been extinguished before their arrival. Photo:Steve Adams Emergency services on the UEA Campus near a laboratory fire that had been extinguished before their arrival. Photo:Steve Adams

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
1:00 PM

The chemistry department at the University of East Anglia was evacuated this morning after a fire broke out in one of the laboratories.

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Fire crews from Earlham, Carrow, Hethersett, Wymondham and the Environmental Protection Unit from Sprowston were all called out to university building at about 10.45am.

An alarm was sounding at the campus and students who had been evacuated from the laboratory were stood outside the block alongside firefighters who had been making sure the area was safe.

A spokesman for the fire service said there had been a number of crews sent to the fire due to the size of the building, but that the fire had been dealt with before their arrival due to a special C02 gas flooding system in place at the university.

“There was a well-coordinated evacuation and we are now focusing on trying to get people back in the building asap,” he said.

A spokesman for UEA said: “We can confirm that the chemistry area of the Teaching Wall at UEA has been evacuated due to a small fire in a lab. Fire crews responded within minutes and are currently on scene to assess the situation. Fire safety systems were triggered and the building was evacuated immediately.”

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