Statement by the University of Leicester: Fire in Maurice Shock Building

Posted by ap507 at Apr 23, 2016 04:10 PM |
Statement at 3:00pm on Saturday 23 April

The Dean of Medicine and  Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester has praised Leicester Fire and Rescue Service’s quick action in controlling a fire at a University building.

Professor Philip Baker said: “I would like to thank and commend the fire service for their excellent response. Their professionalism and expertise contained the fire to a lab in the medical sciences building which means the vast majority of the building should still be accessible from next week. “Had it not been for the swift action of the fire service, the situation could have been a lot worse.”

The University is working with investigators with regard to the cause of a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Maurice Shock Building on University Road, Leicester. The fire affected a lab on the second  floor and there is water and smoke damage in the vicinity.

The Maurice Shock Building is a 1970s building named after the former Vice-Chancellor from 1977-87. It is a five-storey building principally housing research and teaching facilities for the medical sciences.  Since the opening of the new Centre for Medicine next to the building, many research and teaching operations have been transferred to the new building. University teams will continue to assess the building over the weekend in order to determine to what extent it will impact on staff and students.

Any teaching or examinations scheduled in the building will be re-located or re-scheduled if required.

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