ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Fire Department published details of a response early Saturday morning on Cornell University’s campus.

Firefighters were called around 1:30 a.m. to the Vet Research Tower for a fire alarm, according to IFD spokesperson Jim Wheal. Additional units were called once the fire was discovered, and IFD crews were able to extinguish the fire inside the lab.

More alarms were sounded due to “potential hazards the lab may have presented and the need for decontamination of department personnel.” IFD stated that no injuries were sustained during the fire, and there is no danger to the public.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by IFD and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and control.

Matt Butler

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