Woman burned in UMass lab fire

  • The Conte Polymer Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Creative Commons/Kevin Rutherford

Published: 7/11/2018 1:27:19 PM

AMHERST — A sudden but intense fire burned a woman in a laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday.

“It was a quick flash fire,” said Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson, who said the fire did not activate the lab’s sprinklers.

The fire took place at around 4:10 p.m. under a hood in a polymer research science lab in the Conte Polymer Research Center on Governors Drive. A woman in the lab suffered minor burns to her hands and arms as a result of the fire, and was treated and released at a local hospital, according to the university.

Nelson said that the burned woman was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by the Amherst Fire Department.

Nelson also said that a man at the scene cut his hand when he broke the glass to pull the fire alarm, and that he took himself to the university’s health services to be treated.

The university said that the fire department evacuated the building until it was determined that the fire was out. It also said that people returned to the building shortly after, and that no damage to the lab was reported because of the fire.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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