Fire breaks out in oceanography building at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab

Fire breaks out in oceanography building at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab
Fire breaks out in oceanography building at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab (Source: WLOX)

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - We are working to learn more about a fire that broke out late Monday at the USM Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs.

The call came in sometime after 9 p.m. at the facility, which is located at the south end of Halstead Drive near East Beach.

Firefighters in full gear went in and out of the oceanography building working to put out the fire.

People at the scene told WLOX they weren’t sure when or exactly where it started inside that building, or whether or not anyone was inside when it broke out. It’s also unclear how much damage the research lab received.

According to GCRL Public Information Officer Jill Eure, most of the damage inside the oceanography building was from smoke. The building has been under renovations recently, she said.

As of now, the building is roped off and the state fire marshal is expected to be on campus Tuesday to investigate.

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