Published On: Sat, Sep 13th, 2014

University Of Nottingham Labs Destroyed In Fire

A multi-million pound university chemistry building has been destroyed in a “significant” fire.About 60 firefighters were at the University of Nottingham at the height of the blaze, having been called just after 20:30 BST on Friday.

University of Nottingham labs destroyed in fire

No-one was injured and no other buildings were affected as crews fought the fire in the unfinished building in Triumph Road, Radford.

The blaze has now been brought under control, firefighters said.

The timber-framed building was under construction and was due to be completed by next year.

It had been partly funded by a £12m grant from drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK),

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue group manager Joanne Wooler-Ward said: “No other buildings have been affected, fortunately no people were involved in this fire and we’ve had 12 crews here – that’s over 60 firefighters.

“When we arrived, the fire was a significant size – it could be seen from quite a distance – and there was a smoke plume spreading towards the campus area so we sent out a message for people to keep doors and windows closed.

“The firefighters have worked hard to contain that fire and stop it from spreading to any other buildings.”

Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control at about 01:00 BST but crews remained overnight to fully extinguish it.

A fire and rescue service spokesman said: “The building was under construction, it was not in use and was about 70% complete. We have around 60 firefighters on the ground and using aerial platforms.

“We are likely to be here for some time into the morning.

“Work to establish the cause of the blaze can only begin fully once the fire is entirely out.”

Dr Paul Greatrix, registrar at the University of Nottingham, said its open day for prospective students would go ahead later as planned.