Uni­ver­sity evac­u­ated due to fire

Firefighters bat­tle bin blaze

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

Hun­dreds of stu­dents were evac­u­ated yes­ter­day when firefighters raced to put out a bin fire in one of Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity’s cam­pus build­ings.

Five fire crews were called to a blaze in­side the MacRobert Build­ing on the Old Aberdeen cam­pus just af­ter 10.30am.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene and used breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus to en­ter the sec­ond-floor room where a waste bin was alight.

The build­ing houses the busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and mu­sic de­part­ments. Staff and stu­dents were evac­u­ated from the build­ing and waited for three hours be­fore be­ing told they could re­turn to fetch their be­long­ings.

A group of stu­dents, who did not wish to be named, said they ini­tially thought it was a fire drill and had left their be­long­ings in­side, un­der the im­pres­sion they would be “back in af­ter five min­utes”.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s group man­ager, Dar­ren Rid­dell, was at the scene and said the fire had been put out “fairly quickly”.

He added: “Due to the large amounts of smoke four breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus units were used, al­low­ing firefighters to gain ac­cess to the sec­ond-floor room where a bin had caught fire.

“At this time the cause is still not known and we are car­ry­ing out our

“The cause is still not known... The build­ing was fully evac­u­ated”

in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The build­ing was fully evac­u­ated.”

The first ap­pli­ance ar­rived on the scene at 10.40am. Four Aberdeen ap­pli­ances were dis­patched, two from North An­der­son Drive and two from Cen­tral Fire Sta­tion, and were joined by the in­ci­dent con­trol unit.

Breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and fans to ven­ti­late the area were de­ployed while the per­son­nel bat­tled the fire.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, the blaze was ex­tin­guished by 11.17am.

A uni­ver­sity spokesman said the build­ing had closed for the “re­main­der of the day” and added: “No one was hurt in the in­ci­dent.

“Staff and stu­dents were given su­per­vised ac­cess to the build­ing to col­lect their be­long­ings.

“The build­ing will re­open at 8am on Satur­day, with the ex­cep­tion of the af­fected room which is ex­pected to be avail­able for teach­ing as nor­mal on Wed­nes­day.”

DIS­RUP­TION: Stu­dents wait out­side the MacRobert Build­ing while firefighters tackle the sec­ond-storey blaze

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