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Building evacuated on UW campus due to chemical leak

Engineering Drive shut down on campus for an hour

MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical leak at a building on the UW Campus Thursday afternoon

UW Police department spokesperson Marc Lovicott said firefighters were called to a report of a problem at Engineering Hall around 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Fire officials arrived shortly afterwards and evacuated Engineering Hall when they arrived.

According to Lovicott, some students were cleaning out a filter when the accidentally spilled some arsine, which is a highly toxic, flammable chemical.

Firefighters quickly cleaned up the spill before letting people back in the building.

Engineering Drive was shut down for a while, but the building and the street were reopened by 1 p.m.


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