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Nottingham University lab to be rebuilt after fire

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Friday night. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A building at Nottingham University, which was set to be a world-leading research centre, will be rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire.

The £20 million chemistry lab was due to open next year but was completely destroyed by the blaze while still under construction.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters still tackling blaze at Nottingham University

Firefighters are working to dampening the still smouldering fire at Nottingham University, after a blaze at a chemistry building ignited yesterday evening. The cause of the incident is not known.

Incident Commander Joanne Wooler-Ward, speaking at the scene last night, said the building was empty when the fire took place, and no one was injured.

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Recent images of University building destroyed by fire

The building before it was destroyed by fire Credit: University of Nottingham

These images show what was described as a land mark chemistry building that was destroyed by a fire last night.

The university's website describes the lab as being carbon neutral, built with natural materials, powered by renewable energy and incorporating "state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories".

It is billed to be a "centre for excellence", with the building work backed by a £12 million grant from pharmaceutical giant GSK.

A carbon neutral chemistry centre at the University Credit: University of Nottingham

Nottingham fire 'contained but not extinguished'

Firefighters battling a 'major' blaze at the University of Nottingham have managed to contain the fire but they are still working to put it out completely, according to an incident commander at the scene.

r Incident Commander, Group Manager Joanne Wooler-Ward. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

In a video posted on the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's Facebook page, Group Manager Joanne Wooler-Ward said: "We're on a firefighting operation, so to extinguish the fire and manage any other risks."

She added that they are not in a position to say what started the fire but police and specialist fire investigation officers would be examining the site as soon as possible.

She said: "There is a lot of damage to the building.... It was a fully developed fire and just credit to those that really did pull out all the stops to prevent this fire spreading to other areas."

Pictures of Nottingham University fire released

Pictures of the battle to control a 'major fire' at Nottingham University have been published by the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on their Facebook page.

Crews tackle the blaze from an extended ladder. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
A fireman hoses the flames. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
The remains of a building at Nottingham University in flames. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Building collapses after fire at Nottingham University

A building that caught fire at Nottingham University has collapsed, according to a station manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Nottingham University: Building was still 'under construction'

Firefighters are currently on site dealing with a major fire at our GSK sustainable chemistry building on Jubilee Campus.

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.

Tomorrow we are due to welcome prospective students and their families to Nottingham for our Open Day and we would like to stress that this is still going ahead as planned.

– Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham

Around 60 firefighters tackle Nottingham University fire

Around 60 firefighters have been called out to the "significant" blaze at Nottingham University, according to a spokesman from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.

They said: "We are dealing with a significant incident..... The building is part of the University of Nottingham campus."

They added that there have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the blaze is unknown as yet.

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