COLUMBIA — Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to Middlebush Hall at MU around 5 p.m. Wednesday, fire department Battalion Chief James Weaver said.
The units were responding to a 911 call from a person who had seen fluid leaking from a mechanical room in Middlebush. The liquid was hydraulic fluid from an elevator, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.
Middlebush Hall was evacuated around 5:15 p.m. MU students Rachel Fisher, Christine Sturms and Kimi Nolte were in their Public Health capstone class when they heard fire trucks. Ten minutes later, alarms in Middlebush Hall began sounding and the building was evacuated.
There were no injuries reported, Basi said, and the cause of the leak had not been determined as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Basi said the fire department sent several units and members of the hazardous materials team because they did not know how severe or dangerous the leak would be. Middlebush Hall does not typically house dangerous chemicals, he said.
Units were clearing out of the area near University Avenue and Ninth Street by 6 p.m. Wednesday, and members of the MU Environmental Health and Safety Team were on the scene to clean up the spill.
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