Update 5 – 3:52 p.m. – January 28

Steacie Building to Reopen Tuesday Morning

The Steacie building will reopen tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, for normal operating hours.

All classes, labs and tutorials in the Steacie building will resume normal schedules.

Ottawa Fire Services has deemed the building safe and turned it over to the university. Cleanup has been focused on water and smoke damage.

Certain areas of the building will remain closed at this time for additional repairs and clean up. For safety reasons, please respect all barricades and notices and do not enter restricted areas.

Faculty and staff who work in the Steacie building will receive additional information from the Dean of Science and can contact their department chair or supervisor for more information.

The university would like to thank all first responders and restoration crews for their quick action and all students, faculty and staff for their patience.

Update 4 – 3:33 p.m. – January 27

Status of Classes, Labs and Tutorials in the Steacie Building

The Steacie building will remain closed tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in order to continue the repairs and clean up from yesterday’s fire.

Most of tomorrow’s classes, labs and tutorials scheduled in the Steacie building have been moved to an alternate location. Course instructors have been notified and will communicate these changes with their students via their Carleton email account. For any questions regarding classes, please contact scheduling@carleton.ca.

Faculty and staff who work in the Steacie building will receive additional information from the Dean of Science and can contact their department chair or supervisor for more information.

The Richcraft Hall, Health Sciences and Herzberg buildings have reopened and classes will continue as scheduled in those buildings.

The university thanks all students, faculty and staff for their patience while the repairs continue.

Further updates will be provided once new information is confirmed.

Update 3 – 9:54 a.m. – January 27

Steacie Building Remains Closed, Restoration After Fire Underway

Following yesterday’s fire in the Steacie building, restoration efforts are ongoing with the goal of ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff and restoring operations as soon as possible. At this time, the Steacie building remains closed.

Reports confirm at this point there are no injuries among anyone in the Carleton community or first responders.

An update on the status of classes, labs and tutorials usually held in the Steacie building will be announced today in a separate update.

The origin of the fire was on the second floor of the Steacie building. Fire investigators remain at the scene to determine the cause.

One lab on the second floor of Steacie suffered extensive damage from fire and water. There is water damage on the western section of the second floor and first floors of Steacie.

A restoration company is on the scene to assist Facilities Management and Planning with the clean up, including removing water and installing dehumidifier fans. Assessment of the damage is continuing with the assistance of insurance adjustors.

Salting and sanding is being applied to the grounds near the Steacie building to address some ice build up. Pedestrians are encouraged to use caution when walking near the building.

The Richcraft Hall, Health Sciences and Herzberg buildings are reopened for scheduled classes and events. These buildings were closed last night as a precautionary measure only. While the smell of some smoke may remain, the buildings that are reopened have been assessed by Health and Safety and are deemed safe to resume normal operations.

Faculty based in the Steacie building who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Dean of Science.

The time required to complete repairs is being assessed with the goal of expediting repairs. The university thanks all students, faculty and staff for their patience while the repairs continue and alternate schedules are finalized.

A further update will be provided once new information is confirmed.

Update 2 – 9:57 p.m. – January 26

Ottawa Fire Reports Smoke Issue at Steacie Building Under Control

The Ottawa Fire service remains on the scene having extinguished a small fire that occurred on the second floor of the Steacie building.

At this time there are no reports of injuries.

There is some limited water damage on the second floor of the Steacie building as a result of extinguishing the fire.

Three buildings remain under an evacuation order: Steacie, Health Sciences and Richcraft. These buildings remain closed until further notice. The Herzberg building was also closed as a precaution.

At this time, there is no information to provide about the source of the fire. Ventilation of buildings continues with the assistance of Ottawa Fire.

All individuals are requested to please follow evacuation instructions of emergency responders. Individuals who require shelter can move to the University Centre. There were no events occurring inside the Richcraft building this evening.

Staff from the Department of University Safety and Facilities Management and Planning are attending the scene. The appropriate building authorities have been notified about the incident.

An update on when the buildings will reopen will be shared once that information is confirmed.

Original Message – 8:11 p.m. – January 26

Report of Smoke at the Steacie Building

The university community is advised that Ottawa Fire is on campus investigating reports of smoke at the Steacie building. As a precaution, the Steacie, Health Sciences and Richcraft buildings are being evacuated.

All individuals are requested to please follow evacuation instructions of emergency responders. Individuals who require shelter can move to the University Centre.

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