University of Colorado Boulder police determined a vacuum pump was the cause of a small lab fire Tuesday.
The blaze occurred around 7 p.m. at the Ekeley Science building. According to Scott Pribble, a spokesperson for the CU Police Department, all students were evacuated and no one was injured during the incident.
While initially, Boulder firefighters were going to continue the investigation to determine the cause, Pribble said the fire was not large enough to warrant a “full-on investigation.” CU police continued to look into the incident and determined the vacuum had either overheated or malfunctioned, causing the blaze.
The Boulder Fire Department was able to quickly douse the flames. Pribble said the building’s sprinkler system was also activated, helping contain the fire. Fortunately, he said, there was no serious destruction.
“The damage was limited to water damage to that lab and a couple of rooms nearby,” Pribble said. “There was very little damage that couldn’t be repaired or replaced.”
The building re-opened Wednesday and no classes were disrupted, Pribble said.