University students evacuated after chemical fire and explosion on campus

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    Strathclyde University students have been evacuated due to a chemical fire and "small explosion" on campus this evening (Monday, June 5).

    It is understood the blaze broke out at the university's Thomas Graham building in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Emergencies crews were called to the scene shortly before 4pm. Eight fire appliances, two ambulances and two police cars rushed there.

    No casualties were reported following the small blast.

    A number of roads in the area have been closed, with motorists urged to plot alternative routes across the city.

    A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 3.54pm on Monday, June 5, to reports of an incident at a property in Cathedral Street, Glasgow.

    “Operations Control mobilised eight appliances to the scene where crews were met with a spillage of potentially hazardous substances.

    “Crews currently remain in attendance. There are no reported casualties.”

    A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Following reports of a small explosion with a building at Cathedral Street in Glasgow, we are assisting Scottish and Fire Rescue with traffic management.

    "The following road closures are in place at North Hanover Street to George Street, North Frederick Street to George Street, George Street to Montrose Street and High Street to Cathedral Street."

    Inspector Gary Montgomerie added: “We would ask drivers to use an alternative route, and people should avoid the area to allow emergency services access. There is no immediate threat to the public.”

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