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Multiple fire agencies battle fire at ASU building under construction near Rural and University

Fire at Rural Road and Unive
Fire near Rural Road and University
Fire near Rural Road and University Drive
Posted at 7:15 PM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-13 18:46:33-04

TEMPE, AZ  — Fire crews from Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix and Chandler responded to a second alarm fire at an ASU building under construction Tuesday night.

Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix units responded to the blaze near Rural Road and University Drive around 6:35 p.m.

Officials say construction materials on the roof caught fire, but it is unclear at this time how the fire started.

Crews say the fire was fought defensively due to the risk of collapse and other dangers. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to get the fire under control using aerial ladder devices.

Fire near Rural Road and University in Tempe

An ASU spokesperson said the fire sparked after a spontaneous combustion of roof insulation materials.

Read the full statement from ASU below.

"Official investigation by the Arizona State University Fire Marshal into Tuesday night’s fire at ASU’s ISTB7 building, under construction at the corner of University Drive and Rural Road, has determined that the cause of the fire was the spontaneous combustion of materials being utilized to insulate the roof. The fire spread to other combustible materials, but was contained to only a portion of the roof area by the Tempe Fire Department. There were no reported injuries.

Remediation efforts have begun through McCarthy Construction, the general contractor for the construction project. There is no projection yet on whether this will impact the schedule for opening the building, which is scheduled for late 2021.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7 is a new, unfinished, approximately 281,000 gross-square-foot, high-performance research facility. When complete, it will provide a home to an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge generation and leading-edge research, including innovative endeavors focusing on the sustainability of food, water, and energy.

ISTB7 will house Global Futures, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service, School of Sustainability, and the Institute of Human Origins."

There are no reported injuries at this time.