The University of Iowa

Emergency Information

HAWK ALERT: Fire incident at Spence Labs, evacuate the building, avoid the area see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

HAWK ALERT: Fire incident at Spence Labs, evacuate the building, avoid the area see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

Situation Update(s): 

First responders on scene please continue to avoid the area.

09/23/2021 - 3:48pm

The fire incident at Spence Labs has been resolved, resume normal activities see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

09/23/2021 - 3:54pm
Status: 
Closed - Situation Resolved
Notes: 

At approximately 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, the UI Department of Public Safety received a call that a plastic bag being stored in a freezer was emitting smoke in Spence Labs, 352 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240. Dispatch directed the caller to activate the pull station.

UI Police arrived on scene at 3:26 p.m. at which point they consulted with UI Environmental Health and Safety and the Iowa City Fire Department, who extinguished the small fire. Though the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it is believed that the freezer containing the bag was not completely shut, causing a light inside of it to remain on and overheat, igniting the bag.