A building on the University of Maryland campus in College Park was evacuated Wednesday after a lab experiment caught fire, according to university and fire officials.
Individuals conducting the experiment in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building told officials that a chemical reaction caught fire, according to University of Maryland police.
A fire extinguisher was used to smother the flames, according to Michael Yourishin, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department.
Fire crews evacuated the building, which is being ventilated and searched for any additional hot spots, Yourishin said.
No injuries were reported, but 17 people were taken to an area hospital for “precautionary evaluation only,” he said.
Those taken for treatment included four students, one contractor, one university employee, two university police officers, one assistant fire marshal and eight Prince George’s County fire personnel, Yourishin said.
Yourishin was unable to say whether those sent to the hospital were believed to have been exposed to anything specific, but said the fire created a lot of smoke.
UMD Alert: An incident has occurred at the Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building. Police and Fire Department are on the scene. The building has been evacuated. Please avoid the area and follow Police direction. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.
(1/2) UMD ALERT: UPDATE in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Fire and Police are still on scene. Individuals were conducting a lab experiment and a chemical reaction caught on fire. The building is closed while first responders continue to investigate.