The office building of the CSU equine reproductive laboratory was severely damaged by a fire early the morning of July 26. Though authorities say the building may be a total loss, no humans or animals were injured in the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and thereâ€™s not a timeline as to when it will be.
â€œOur investigators are on the scene as we speak,â€ said Poudre Fire Authority spokesman Patrick Love on Tuesday afternoon. â€œThey have made their way into the building and are trying to determine the area and origin, and later, the cause.â€
The fire was first reported at 1 a.m. on the 23rd by a bystander, and by the time the PFA had arrived, flames as high as 20 feet were shooting into the sky, Love said. The labâ€™s roof collapsed while firefighters were working on the blaze.
No horses were boarded in the building, though horses in the complex nearby were moved as a safety precaution to avoid smoky areas by CSUPD officers, faculty and students.
The 6,400 square foot building was located on CSUâ€™s Foothills Campus and mainly housed office and research facilities, though CSU Spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg said that some rooms occasionally served as classrooms.
â€œItâ€™s going to have a huge impact not only on the education of CSU students, but also on the equine community here in Colorado and in the advancement of reproduction research,â€ said Callie Knight, a junior equine sciences major.
The fire caused up to $12 million in property and damage, according to Love, and Moellenberg says itâ€™s far too early to know the total loss of the contents of the building.
Twelve to 15 people work in the building throughout the year.
â€œWeâ€™re trying our best to find other buildings in the area we can move people, so I think the fire will have an impact, sure,â€ Moellenberg said. â€œItâ€™s still kind of early, so weâ€™re still trying to figure out what everything means.â€
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