CAMPUS FIRE: ISU’s Sweeney Hall Damaged

A fire Friday morning damaged millions of dollars worth of Iowa State University lab equipment and set back months of student lab work.

That's according to ISU officials who say firefighters responded to Sweeney Hall at 5 AM.

They found smoke and flames visible from a mechanical room on the roof.

The building is home to the chemical and biological engineering departments.

Several labs and offices received smoke and water damage.

Department chairman, Andy Hillier says the greatest losses are the projects graduate students have been working on for months.

“I have a student finishing Tuesday who is trying to finish his PHD and a couple of last minute experiments may not get finished because of this,” said Hillier.

Nobody was injured.

Summer classes that were scheduled to be held in Sweeney have been moved to other buildings until mid June.

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