Small chemical fire causes Cook Hall evacuation; no injuries reported

Maddie Burakoff, Campus Editor

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Cook Hall was evacuated Friday afternoon after a small chemical fire was reported, University spokesman Bob Rowley told The Daily. There were no injuries.

Some students who were working on the fourth floor were alerted about the incident after hearing a loud noise and called the authorities, Rowley said. Students were evacuated from the building around 3 p.m., and Evanston Fire Department and University Police were dispatched to the scene.

The fire was put out quickly and the building has been reopened except for the corridor near the laboratory where the fire occurred, he said.

The fire involved a chemical cylinder, Rowley said, but its exact cause is still being determined. Investigators from EFD and the University Office for Research Safety are inspecting the scene, he said.


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