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Fire prompts evacuation of ASU building

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008 1:32 pm | Updated: 9:23 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A hazardous-materials situation forced the evacuation early Monday morning of an Arizona State University building in Tempe.

Tempe Fire Department officials said that a biomedical experiment blew up after an ASU employee flipped a vacuum-pump switch in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building on east Tyler Street.

The fire set off a sprinkler system, which alerted fire officials at 1:40 a.m.

Mike Reichling, a Tempe fire spokesman, said a gas buildup near the pump likely caused the fire. He added that the employee who flipped the switch received treatment for minor burns to one of his arms.

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