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Investigation begins in to York Uni fire

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8:19am 3rd February 2012
(Updated 8:26am 3rd February 2012)

A serious fire which sparked an evacuation across the old campus of York University is being investigated.

North Yorkshire fire and rescue service were called out yesterday afternoon.

A major fire has broken out at York University.

Crews from York, Acomb, Huntington and Tadcaster are on the scene and they called for more help.

They got the alert at 12.50pm after reports of a blaze in the chemistry block.

There are many rumours surrounding the cause of the fire.

This Student was evacuated and tells us what she thinks happened.


Pictured: The Scene at York Uni as the fire service tried to tackle the blaze.

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Kate Lang was rushed out of her class.


Pictured: Fire crews get their gear ready to enter the blaze in the Chemistry lab.

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Group Manager Trevor Lund from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue came out and told reporters what was happening.


Pictured: Group Manager Trevor Lund.

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David Duncan is the Registrar and Secretary of York University he also spoke to reporters and gave us an update on the blaze.


Pictured: The Cordon was put in place as the students were evacuated.

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Speaking at 4pm yesterday afternoon, staff at the university are now working to ensure students are safe and the site is secure.

David Duncan continued to say they're looking ahead to the future to ensure lessons can get back underway as soon as possible:


Pictured: The environment control unit were called in to assess the situation.

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Louisa Maher was on the scene for Minster FM, She spoke to these students who were in the Chemistry lab at the time.

Olivia is a chemistry student and was evacuated earlier:


Wasim had just got back in to the lab when he realised something was wrong.

Sam is lab partners with Wasim he's worried about the final year students work which may have been distroyed.


Pictured: Wasim (left) Sam (middle) Olivia (right) Chemisty students working in the lab at the time of the fire.

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