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York University left without heat after fire

Parts of York University were shut down after a fire took out the steam boilers at the Keele campus yesterday, leaving it without a source of heat.

Parts of York University were shut down after a fire took out the steam boilers at the Keele campus yesterday, leaving it without a source of heat.

Alex Bilyk, a spokesperson for the university, said the fire started around 1 p.m. in the Central Utilities Building.

There were no casualties, but the building was evacuated as a precaution. Non-essential staff and students were also told to leave the university.

“Right now, the major problem is that this fire has affected our ability to provide heat,” Bilyk said. “We don’t know when the heat will be back up.”

The situation was problematic for students with exams scheduled last night. Exams scheduled between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. continued, but all exams for last night will have to be rescheduled, Bilyk said.

“We’re using all means of communications to get the message out to students,” he said.

The blaze occurred in the central utilities building near the intersection of Albany and Chimneystack roads, said Toronto fire district Chief Stephen Powell.

Crews were on scene assessing the extent of the fire.

 
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