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Archive for Saturday, November 26, 2011

Structure fire damages Malott Hall on KU campus

November 26, 2011, 11:13 a.m. Updated November 26, 2011, 2:20 p.m.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to a two-alarm fire in the fifth floor of Malott Hall on the KU campus at about 7 a.m. Saturday. Malott Hall is home to the chemistry department. Crews were still assessing the damage and trying to determine a cause for the fire as of Saturday afternoon.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to a two-alarm fire in the fifth floor of Malott Hall on the KU campus at about 7 a.m. Saturday. Malott Hall is home to the chemistry department. Crews were still assessing the damage and trying to determine a cause for the fire as of Saturday afternoon.

Kansas University police and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical officers were called to a structure fire on the fifth floor of Malott Hall on the KU campus just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and flame confined to a single lab on the fifth floor, according to a media release from the department. A third alarm was called to assist if chemical hazards were found. The affected lab is part of the medicinal chemistry department; Malott is home to KU’s chemistry-related departments.

Jack Martin, KU director of strategic communications, said that the fire damage was contained to the fifth-floor lab and that there was water damage to the hallways and labs beneath.

As of Saturday afternoon, officials were still in the process of assessing the extent of the damage and trying to determine a cause.

Fire alarms went off in Watson Library and Eaton Hall before the Malott Hall fire was extinguished because of changes in water pressure, according to a KU alert email.

A second call of a fire in Malott went out at about 1 p.m., that time on the fourth floor, but officers quickly determined that the reporting person had seen steam, not smoke, as an effect of the initial fire.

Comments

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

At some point, "it's a science building!" starts to run out of steam -- when constant chemical leaks turn into dangerous fires.

kernal 3 years ago

I take it you have knowledge of the cause of the fire that is not stated in this story.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years ago

No. But I take it you have no knowledge of the history of Malott Hall continually causing campus alerts for chemical spills, etc. My point is that there needs to be a better emergency containment system in place there -- regardless of the cause, regardless of the accident type -- because there are emergencies happening there constantly. If a dorm had chemical spills or caught fire several times a semester, it would not matter how they were caused; it would simply be unacceptable that they are happening.

Erin Graham 3 years ago

Yay... an armchair 'scientist'! ^^

parrothead8 3 years ago

That should be "effect" in the last paragraph, not "affect."

JustNoticed 3 years ago

... unless it was fire with some attitude and just trying to show off.

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