Small fire in Winston Hall prompts evacuation of building

A small fire occurred in a Winston Hall laboratory on Oct. 27, prompting the evacuation of the building.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. to University Police and the Winston-Salem Fire Department.

The building was scheduled to be open as usual Tuesday morning, Oct. 28. Classes were expected to be on schedule.

The fire was caused by a chemical, hydrogen peroxide, which came into contact with paper stacked on a floor in a preparation laboratory, Room 017, in Winston Hall. The chemical spilled onto the lab’s floor when a small bottle containing it was accidentally knocked onto the floor and broke.

The fire was reported when people in the building noticed smoke coming from the lab.

The building was immediately evacuated, and the small fire was quickly extinguished.

Winston-Salem firefighters, members of the city’s hazardous materials squad, University Police, and Facilities Management staff responded to the incident. A crew was scheduled to work in Winston Hall during the night Oct. 27 to clean the lab.

The incident did cause temporary closing of roads near Winston Hall. A portion of Faculty Drive behind Winston Hall was expected to be closed during the night.

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