A small electrical fire stemming from a computer monitor in ASU’s Brickyard complex occurred on Sunday evening, according to a spokeswoman from Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. There were no reported injuries at the time of publication. “The fire was in an actual computer monitor,” interim Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Andrea Glass said.
The building sprinkler system was activated and contained the fire’s location until firefighters arrived to the scene, Glass said. The cause for the fire is still undetermined, but the department will conduct an investigation to determine the cause.
“There was extensive work done by the fire crew to protect the computer systems that were located on the second floor from the water damage,” Glass said. The Brickyard, located on Mill Avenue, houses several Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering labs and classrooms, as well as the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and multiple research centers.
Students working in the labs said they immediately evacuated the building upon hearing the fire alarm. Aditya Prasad Mishra, a masters student studying computer science, was working in his lab at the time of the incident. “I was a bit worried when I smelled the smoke coming outside,” Mishra said. Once the fire was contained, the fire department started letting people back into their offices to get their belongings before continuing the investigation.