Fire breaks out in classroom at UB’s Furnas Hall

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)–UPDATE: UB says Furnas Hall is closed until further notice.

Facility crews are working to remove water discharged by the building’s sprinkler system.

ORIGINAL: Amherst Central Fire says UB Police reported a fire alarm activation in Furnas Hall at 7:10 Wednesday night.

Police say they saw an unknown glow in a locked classroom. Getzville 2nd Assistant Chief responded and reported a fire on the seventh floor of a ten-story high rise.

Ellicott Creek, North Bailey, and Snyder firefighters assisted, and the fire was contained to Room 703.

Officials say one firefighter was evaluated by Twin City Medics for a minor injury. Firefighters report there was $35,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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