SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 - A fire broke out in a
The fire, confined to two tables in room 122 on the first floor of Moffett Hall, in the molecular biology department, was reported to fire officials at and was put under control by , a Princeton Borough Fire Department official said. No injuries were reported.
The building, initially evacuated, was reopened by although the lab, a core facility responsible for sequencing and synthesizing oligonucleotides for labs, remains closed, according to a
While a fire official from Princeton Borough, NJ, described the blaze as not "very much of a fire," he did say it managed to damage an Applied Biosystems Prism 377 DNA sequencer and an Affymetrix GeneChip reader. The university is assessing the costs of the damage, which the fire department official said was in excess of $100,000.
A HazMat team from
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, though it appears an electrical outlet malfunctioned and had a "melt down" triggering the blaze, a fire department official said.