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Small fire extinguished at UW-River Falls

Students and staff at UW-River Falls waited for firefighters to ventilate the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Feb. 13 after a small fire in a heating unit produced smoke. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia

A UW-River Falls building was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after a small fire in a heating unit.

A campus spokesman said River Falls firefighters were called at 9:39 a.m. Feb. 13 to the Kleinpell Fine Arts building for the fire, caused by a burned-out motor in a heating unit in the north stairwell. The fire filled the building with smoke.

Students and staff were allowed to re-enter the building just before 10 a.m., according to the university. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters continued ventilating the building, where classes resumed.

"In an abundance of caution, however, students and staff with personal safety or respiratory concerns are asked to use their own discretion on use of the facility throughout the remainder" of the day, according to the university's statement.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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