Building on VCU campus closed after fire

Building on VCU campus closed after fire
Fire at VCU (Source: Megan Wise/NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - VCU issued out an alert ordering nearby buildings on the campus to evacuate due to a fire.

The fire occurred at VCU’s Life Science Building located at 1000 West Cary Street. Richmond Fire Department says the call came in shortly after 10:30 a.m., and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“Large buildings do change our response. Also changes the way we do handle the building with more of an area to search, we have more people, we have a larger building. That means we need more resources together, resources to the roof to cover the sides of the building, we need more water because it’s not your typical residential structure so it is a more commercial structure,” Batallion Chief Douglas Clevert said.

Everyone was evacuated from the building.

“Luckily, the building wasn’t too occupied because a lot of people were still working from home so that kind of helped us but we still have to respond as if the building could be fully occupied,” Clevert said.

The fire department says there were construction materials burning on the roof.

VCU Recreational Sports announced on their Twitter account that the Cary Street Gym was closed for a period of time.

Fire on VCU campus.
Fire on VCU campus. (Source: Jason Stell)

Crews were able to get the fire under control.

VCU’s alert system announced the Life Sciences Building will remain closed and all surrounding buildings may now reoccupy.

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