Classes to resume at Phillips Hall after Saturday fire

The building is open after a fire broke out in a second-floor student research lab

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December 8, 2021

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According to the Eau Claire Fire Department, the fire in Phillips Hall appears to have been started by a printer.

UW-Eau Claire’s Integrated Marketing and Communications department emailed a release to news media, faculty, staff and students this afternoon which said classes will be held “as scheduled” this Monday in Phillips Hall.

A fire broke out in Room 266A of Phillips Hall early Saturday morning.

WEAU News reported that, according to the Eau Claire Fire Department, the fire appears to have been started by a printer, but still remains under investigation.  

Although Phillips Hall is now open, the release from Integrated Marketing and Communications said “Room 266A will remain closed until all cleaning and repairs are complete.”

The email also said faculty, staff and students who go to Room 266A for projects will discuss future plans. 

“Faculty and staff who oversee the research projects that were housed in Room 266A will communicate with students about plans moving forward,” the Integrated Marketing and Communications email said. 

Integrated Marketing and Communications said UW-Eau Claire’s facilities team confirmed Phillip Hall’s electrical, plumbing and air handling systems were not damaged by the second-floor fire, and that all fire alarms are in working order. 

More updates to follow.

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