Students escape injury at Radboud University fire

Fire on the roof of the Spinoza building at Radboud University Nijmegen, 14 Feb 2017
Fire on the roof of the Spinoza building at Radboud University Nijmegen, 14 Feb 2017. Photo: @susanbink / Twitter

Radboud University in Nijmegen was the site of a shortly lived, but quite intense fire on Tuesday afternoon. According to the university, a cooling tower on the roof of the Spinoza building on Montessorilaan caught fire during maintenance work. The fire caused a lot of smoke and the building had to be evacuated, but no one was injured.

The fire was under control by 12:55 p.m. and by 1:15 p.m. eight of the nine floors in the building was released. Students, lecturers and staff were allowed back inside. The entire building was released by 14:35 p.m., the university said on Twitter.

According to the university, the fire started during maintenance work on the cooling tower. Exactly what happened is unclear.

Bystanders told newspaper AD that the fire left quite a stench of burnt plastic in the surrounding area. 

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