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Three-alarm fire at Stanford Medical School building

Hazardous materials team called to scene, blaze found in third-floor room

Firefighters extinguished a three-alarm fire at a Stanford Medical School building Saturday morning (March 11), but continue to investigate a hazardous materials situation, the Fire Department said on Twitter.

Just before 8 a.m., crews responded to the blaze on the third floor of the Edwards building behind the hospital on Pasteur Drive, Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said.

When crews reached the scene, they found the sprinkler system was on. The fire was contained to a room on the third floor, fire officials said.

The department initially said the incident was at the hospital, but later said it was at a Medical School building and wasn't affecting patients. The hospital and Medical School share the same address and are physically connected.

The area around the fire was evacuated, fire officials said.

As of 8:24 a.m., the fire was knocked down. Hazardous materials and decontamination teams were called to the scene because the fire was in a room storing biohazardous waste, according to the department.

No injuries have been reported as of about 9 a.m., Capriles said.

About 60 firefighters from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties responded to the incident, according to the department.

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