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Subject: Lab Incident: Fire Breaks Out In U Of C Laboratory Building

Oct 20, 2009 3:47 pm US/Central
Fire Breaks Out In U Of C Laboratory Building
Hazardous Materials Response Called
CHICAGO (STNG) =E2=80=95

Embers from roof work being done on a building on the University of  
Chicago campus in Hyde Park on the South Side fell through the roof,  
starting a brief fire that was extinguished within about a half hour  
Tuesday afternoon.

A still-and-box alarm was called at 1:10 p.m. for a fire at 5824 S.  
Ellis Ave., the Franklin McLean Institute, according to Fire Media  
Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis. A Level 1 HazMat response was also  

called a few minutes later.

Work on the roof of the seven-story building caused embers to drop  
down onto the seventh floor and start the a fire, Curtis said.

The fire and the HazMat response were both struck out at 1:40 p.m.

The building was evacuated, but because the fire was extinguished,  
people have been able to go back inside, U of C spokesman Jeremy  
Manier said. He did not know, though, if it was OK as of 3 p.m. for  
people to return to the seventh floor.

The Franklin McLean Institute houses research labs primarily, Manier  
said, as well as administrative and faculty offices. There are no  
University of Chicago Hospital patients in that building, he said.

No injuries were reported, Curtis said.
(Source: Sun-Times News Group Wire =C2=A9 Chicago Sun-Times 2009. All  

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