UPDATE: Chemical fire controlled at Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE– Northern Michigan University shut down a facility for the day due to a chemical fire.

The Marquette Fire Department was dispatched to the third floor of the West Science Building on a report of a fire around 8:30 A.M. on Monday. Upon arrival, NMU Public Safety confirmed a small fire in a third-floor storage room. The fire was quickly extinguished.

According to NMU spokesperson Derek Hall, this could have been very serious, summer classes were going on in the building but no students were in imminent danger.

The university’s fire suppression system kicked on immediately controlling the fire. NMU shut down the facility for the day, sending everyone home. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Marquette Township Fire, UPHS Marquette Unit 141, NMU Public Safety, and Maintenance Staff assisted on the scene.