Firefighters Battle Blaze at U of M’s Duff Roblin Bldg.

By Sarah Klein

University of Manitoba - Duff Roblin FireEmergency officials evacuated parts of the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus Saturday afternoon after an electrical fire broke out in the Duff Roblin Building on Dysart Road. The building houses the Psychology Department and zoology labs.

Flames were seen shooting out from one of the upper floors beginning at around noon.

Police closed access to the campus around 2:00 p.m.

“We’ve basically got 20 pieces of apparatus at the fire right now, which is approximately 75-80 firefighters,” said Stephen Sumka, fire platoon chief. A hazardous materials crew was also on scene.

As of 3:30 p.m., the fire had been extinguished. No one was hurt.

Damage to the building is estimated at $2 million.

Image credits: Winnipeg Free Press (inset), Jason Empey (photo gallery)


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