At 3:47 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the Iowa City Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire in the University of Iowa Chemistry Building, 251 N. Capitol Street. Initial reports were that there was an active fire in one of the labs and the sprinkler system had been activated.

Three engines, one ladder truck, one quint and the Battalion Chief responded for a total of 16 personnel on scene. A callback of off-duty Iowa City firefighters was made to handle other calls in the City.

The sprinkler system worked properly and held the fire in check until fire personnel arrived on scene to complete extinguishment. The fire was under control within eight minutes of fire department arrival. Crews assisted with clean-up and ventilating smoke from the building.

Personnel on scene were assisted by University of Iowa Public Safety, Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service and MidAmerican Energy.

Employees were in the lab when the fire started but no injuries, civilian or firefighter, were sustained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department and University of Iowa Public Safety.

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255 or Captain Tina Humston at

Date of publication

Monday, July 27, 2015