No serious damage from uni building fire

More than 60 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in the roof of a University of Otago building yesterday.

A university spokeswoman said a small, smouldering fire was detected in the backstage roof/ceiling area of the College of Education Auditorium in Union St about 8.15am.

About 30 people were evacuated from the main building and a further 32 people from the neighbouring Otago University Childcare Association College Centre.

Firefighters were called to extinguish a fire in the roof of the College of Education Auditorium...
Firefighters were called to extinguish a fire in the roof of the College of Education Auditorium in Union St yesterday morning. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Damage to the building was very minor, and nobody was injured, she said.

The fire was likely linked to work being done by contractors installing a new roof and fire sprinkler system in the auditorium, she said.

Due to lingering odours, classes in the auditorium and neighbouring drama centre were cancelled yesterday, but were expected to resume today.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said four crews from Dunedin Central, Willowbank, and Roslyn were initially called to the scene.

Upon arriving and seeing smoke, they called for additional resources from Dunedin Central, including the command unit.

The fire was extinguished by 9.30am.

daisy.hudson@odt.co.nz

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