Students, faculty evacuated from W&M law school after fire breaks out

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An emergency alert was issued by the College of William & Mary at 11:14 a.m. Wednesday indicating that there was a fire on campus at the Marshall Wythe Law School.

The alert stated that emergency personnel were on the scene and the building was being evacuated.

According to the alert, the fire was contained and students and faculty were asked to avoid the area. The law school will be closed until 1:30 p.m.

Update 12:30 p.m.: Eric Stone of the Williamsburg Fire Department reports that the fire broke out in a second-story office.  The fire activated the sprinkler system which put the fire out.  He said there was moderate fire and smoke damage but no injuries were reported.

Stone said the fire is under investigation but there is no reason to believe it was suspicious.

Update 12/1: Another alert from William and Mary sent at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday indicated that the Williamsburg Fire Investigator determined that the fire was caused by the failure of an extension cord. Water from the sprinkler system and smoke damaged the office and adjacent rooms.

The north wing of the law school will remain closed Thursday as clean-up takes place.  The rest of the law school reopened Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.