A fire of unknown cause broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 26, at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory at the Colorado State University Foothills Campus. The building was used as an office for employees, and no animals or humans were injured. However, the building’s roof collapsed, and there are a reported $12 million worth of damages according to www.coloradoan.com.
When firefighters arrived, the flames were nearly 20 feet high and took 28 firefighters to control. Nearby horses were evacuated due to the possibility of smoke inhalation.
“The horses were never in any danger, and they are all safely back in their original stalls now,” said CSU spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“It’s unclear what impact the blaze will have on the lab’s work,” said Moellenberg. “Right now we are working to minimize the impact the fire has had on the CSU employees.”
There are no current plans to rebuild.