Nottingham Uni Fire Under Control
13 September 2014, 06:31
More than 60 firefighters stop a fire spreading at a chemistry building at the University of Nottingham.
A huge fire, which has destroyed a multi-million pound Nottingham University chemistry building, is now under control.
More than 60 firefighters worked to stop the fire spreading to other parts of the Jubilee Campus overnight.
No-one was hurt when the fire broke out at 8.30pm.
The carbon-neutral building, which was due to be opened early next year, cost £15.8m and would have had enough laboratory space for more than 100 researchers.
Some eyewitnesses on Twitter have claimed that the complex has been "completely destroyed".
A helicopter was used to check if the fire had spread and people were asked to stay away from the Triumph Road area, as flying debris was making conditions difficult.
Group Manager Jo Wooler-Ward from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue told capitalfm.com they don't know what started the fire yet:
'We aren't in a position to say what started it, we won't be aware of that.
'Police and our specialist fire investigation officers will be looking at the building when it's safe to enter'.
'Grateful to fire teams'
Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham said:
'Firefighters are currently on site dealing with a major fire at our GSK sustainable chemistry building on Jubilee Campus.
'Thankfully, there have been no casualties as this is a building that was still under construction. Our number one priority is to ensure that the fire does not spread to other buildings in the vicinity and we are grateful to the fire teams on site who have worked extremely hard to contain the blaze.'
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