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School of Law building evacuated after basement fire

The Boston University School of Law building at 765 Commonwealth Ave. was evacuated Monday afternoon because of a small fire from an electrical unit in the basement. No one was injured.

Approximately 60 firefighters from Boston Fire Department and the Brookline Fire Department responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m., while officers from the BU Police Department and the Boston Police Department blocked nearby roads and managed traffic, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesperson for the BFD.

“The fire was confined to that room, but the problem is that it generated smoke,” MacDonald said.

Firefighters worked with the utility company, Eversource, to shut the electricity off in a safe manner. In a process called “de-energizing,” a special extinguishing agent was used on the electrical wires in order to disconnect them to put out the fire, MacDonald added.

BFD turned the building back to BU authorities, who worked with the electrical company to restart the electricity and re-open the building at 3:30 p.m.

Alana Levene contributed to the reporting of this article.

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