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HAZMAT teams respond to U of U engineering building

KUTV Salt Lake City logo KUTV Salt Lake City 10/28/2021 Jared Turner, KUTV
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Hazardous materials crews were called out to the University of Utah after reports of a spill at a building on campus.

Crews from the Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to the Merrill Engineering Building Wednesday evening.

Multiple emergency vehicles were called out, including at least three fire trucks, an ambulance and other personnel.

After conducting a preliminary investigation, HAZMAT teams determined a very small amount of solid material was spilled.

People in the lab were able to clean and dispose of the material using pre-established protocols for similar situations.

Details about the kind of material that spilled were not immediately available. 

Officials said HAZMAT responded out of an abundance of caution.

“One of the faculty members here met us outside, told us what had happened, and the he thought that water had come in contact with one of the substances inside,” said Battalion Chief Dave Chugg. “He followed protocol, he had shut everything off, dialed 911 and initiated evacuation of the building.”

By 8:30 p.m., officials were beginning to clear the scene.

There were no reports of injuries. 

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