FARGO-Firefighters responding to a fire alarm call at North Dakota State University arrived to find a fire in a basement lab that caused significant damage.
According to Fargo Fire, firefighters were called to Dunbar Hall on the NDSU campus at 1301 Albrecht Blvd North in Fargo around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for the report of a fire alarm.
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The first crew arrived on scene to find moderate smoke in the basement hallway.
As crews took a hose line into operation, they found a fire in a lab on the basement floor. The fire was knocked down at 5:35 p.m. with a single hose line, a release from the Fargo Fire Department said.
Dunbar Hall holds many chemistry classes and performs chemistry related research. Because of this, crews checked for and found several chemicals in the room. The chemicals were found to be low hazard chemicals but the building was checked by the department's hazardous materials team to verify that there was no hazard. No chemical hazard was found.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fargo Fire officials said damage estimates were not yet available Saturday, Dec. 9 because of the specialized equipment in the room. However, officials said the fire caused significant damage in the lab and light smoke damage on three floors.