Fire extinguished at University of Aberdeen

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No-one was hurt in the incident at the Meston Building.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews are in attendance at the University of Aberdeen following a fire within a lab in the Meston Building.

No-one was hurt in the incident, which took place in the shortly before 9:40am (Thursday 20 November). Firefighters are currently working to ventilate the premises.

Station Manager Stuart Cruickshank, the incident commander, said: “Two appliances were mobilised from Central Fire Station in response to a 999 call.

“Our initial crews reached the scene around four minutes later and they were quickly joined by a third crew sent from North Anderson Drive Dire Station.

“Six firefighters were committed to the building wearing breathing apparatus and they tackled the fire using a hosereel jet.

“It was a very good stop – they did well to prevent the flames spreading and confined the smoke damage to the area adjacent to the lab.

“We had a hazardous materials officer on scene as a precaution and after liaising with a specialist lab technician he confirmed a cylinder in the area affected by fire contained liquid nitrogen and was non-hazardous.

“Other cylinders in the vicinity had been successfully isolated. Our crews are now using a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke from the building.”