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Update: Engineering building closed due to battery fire

(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

Editor’s Note: This is a breaking news story. Updates will be provided as they become available.

A fire occurred in the Colorado State University Engineering Building located on north campus near the Lory Student Center on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 28.


Poudre Fire Authority crews responded to reports of a battery fire at 2:05 p.m. according to a statement posted to Instagram. The fire began in the B111 research lab inside the building and originated from a lithium ion battery, CSU Director of Crisis Communications Nik Olsen said. No further details about what caused the battery to catch fire have been released.

The fire was contained and put out by PFA responders. The building was evacuated, and no one was injured during the incident, according to the statement from PFA.

CSU put out an alert notifying the campus community about the fire just after 6 p.m. The Engineering Building was closed to the public Thursday, Feb. 29, for remediation efforts, according to the alert. 

CSU Environmental Health Services and Facilities Management crews have successfully ventilated the building and cleaned the affected areas, according to a CSU Public Safety alert put out just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

The alert also confirmed that the building will reopen to the public Friday, March 1.

“Rooms B111, B109 and B103 will remain closed for further remediation and restoration work, as well as hallways adjacent to the area to all access for workers,” the CSU alert said.

Reach Hannah Parcells at or on Twitter @hannahparcells.

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Hannah Parcells, News Editor
Hannah Parcells is currently the news editor at The Collegian, a role that she loves dearly. Parcells uses she/her pronouns and began writing for The Collegian in fall 2023 as a reporter under the news, science, opinion and life and culture desks.  Parcells is currently pursuing two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in global politics. Parcells has always been passionate about understanding and helping other people and hopes to use her education to try and leave the world a little better than she found it.  Raised in Castle Rock, Colorado, Parcells grew up with a love of learning, music and writing. She’s always working to learn more about the world through history and art and loves being introduced to new places, people and ideas.  On the off chance that she’s not buried in textbooks, research papers and policy analyses, Hannah can be found on a hike, watching movies or at any local bookstore or coffee shop, feeding her ongoing addictions to both caffeine and good books. Parcells is incredibly proud of the work she’s done at The Collegian so far and is excited to continue that work as an editor of the news desk.

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