Police have issued a statement about last night’s fire at St Andrews University.
More than 30 firefighters were involved in tackling a ferocious blaze which ripped through a cutting-edge research building late yesterday afternoon.
Crews from throughout Fife and Dundee were called to the world-famous university amid fears of hazardous substances being within the biomedical sciences building on the North Haugh campus.
Firefighters remained at the scene overnight and work began today on assessing the full extent of the significant damage to the four-storey research facility.
Police said in a statement this afternoon that the blaze was being treated as an accident.
Fife Police Division tweeted: “This has been established by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and police as accidental.
“Thankfully, no one was injured and students, staff and locals are thanked for their cooperation with emergency services.
“No further police action is required and the matter has been referred to the university.”
The blaze tore through the building at 5pm after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a report of a fire alarm going off.
An spokesperson for the service said: “Operations control mobilised eight fire engines including a height appliance and specialist resources.”
An aerial platform was among the units deployed and firefighters worked for more than four hours to battle the outbreak.
Valuable work is thought to have been destroyed, and within hours reports emerged of scientists losing years of research study.