Wooden university lab destroyed in fire (VIDEO)
A multi-million pound timber-framed chemistry laboratory at University of Nottingham has been destroyed in a fire.
The laboratory, which was under construction, was being built with entirely carbon neutral products and was due to be completed next year. More than 60 firefighters attended the blaze on 12 September but nobody was injured during the incident.
The £15million project had been partly funded by a £12million grant from drug company GlaxoSmithKline. Specialist fire teams from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are working with the police to establish the cause of the fire.
NFRS deputy chief fire officer Wayne Bowcock said: ‘It’s terrible that the University of Nottingham and the wider education community have lost what was set to be an iconic building but we must also recognise the hard work that went into preventing this incident from being much worse.
‘At the height of the fire, 12 of our crews worked tirelessly at the scene of this incident and those firefighters were brought to the scene from stations all around the county and included two crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.’
University of Nottingham registrar Dr Paul Greatrix added: ‘Thankfully, there have been no casualties as this is a building that was still under construction. Our number one priority is to ensure that the fire does not spread to other buildings in the vicinity and we are grateful to the fire teams on site who have worked extremely hard to contain the blaze.’
You can view a video of the fire below.