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Two people injured during fire at MU Medical Sciences Building, around $2 million in damage estimated


Two people suffered minor injuries on Friday and more than $2 million worth of damage estimated to have been reported from a fire University of Missouri Medical School.

The two people who were injured were not named, but they were treated and released, according to an email from MU Health Care spokesman Eric Slusher. He also stated the fire occurred in a research laboratory space that was not in use at the time at the Medical Sciences Building. 

The fire marshal at the scene told ABC 17 News that the damage caused by the fire looks to be worth around $2 million. The building is closed Friday night and will remain closed throughout the weekend.

Columbia Fire Department responded to 7 Hospital Drive at 12:08 p.m. Friday for a reported fire in the building. Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Heidenreich said the fire was in a lab on the seventh floor of the University of Missouri Medical School.

Slusher said a cause for the fire has not been determined and the Columbia Fire Department is investigating.

"Hospital operations and patient care in University Hospital has continued normally without disruption," Slusher wrote in the email.

An ABC 17 News reporter on the scene saw vehicles from the Columbia Fire Department, Boone County Fire Protection District and the Columbia Police Department at the scene.

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