Source: Steve Galitzer, 785-532-5856, galitz@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-1543, ebarcomb@k-state.edu

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

University investigating cause of small fire at veterinary health center

Kansas State University health and safety officials are investigating the cause of a small fire at the veterinary health center. A student discovered the fire at about 10 p.m. June 25 when an alarm sounded in an incubator in the exotics ward. 

The fire was quickly extinguished, and the Manhattan Fire Department responded to a call made from the center's emergency desk. The building was evacuated.

A chinchilla being treated in the incubator perished. There were no human injuries, and the center's other patients are fine.  

The university is investigating what may have caused the fire.