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University building shut after 'hazardous material' alert

Firefighters were called to the scene and cordoned off the Stevenson building at Glasgow University.

Evacuation: Stevenson Building.
Evacuation: Stevenson Building. Google 2018

Fire crews closed off a Glasgow University building following reports of "hazardous material".

The alarm was raised at the Stevenson building on Oakfield Avenue at 6.21am on Thursday.

Surrounding streets were also cordoned off as a precautionary measure.

Firefighters are still at the scene carrying out atmospheric tests.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "SFRS was alerted at 6.21am on Thursday, November 8 to reports of an incident involving hazardous material at Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow.

"Operations control immediately mobilised a number of resources to the scene, where firefighters are carrying out atmospheric tests.

"Crews will remain in attendance until the area is made safe."

A spokesperson for the University of Glasgow said: "An alarm was triggered in the Stevenson sports building around 6.20am this morning. 

"As a precautionary measure, the building was closed as was the nearby Rankine building. 

"The fire brigade attended and carried out atmospheric tests. A defective alarm has now been identified as the cause of the alarm being triggered. 

"Scottish Fire and Rescue Service but have now left the scene and we are conducting an internal investigation. Both the Rankine building and the Stevenson sports facility have now reopened."

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