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UB's Furnas Hall, evacuated after report of methane gas leak, is reopened

Furnas Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus was evacuated just before 7 p.m. Sunday amid reports of a possible leak of methane gas in the 10-story building.

A UB spokesperson said the building, which houses the departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, was declared safe following a search and reopened late Sunday night.  Authorities said several students in a fifth-floor chemical lab had noticed the "noxious odor" and summoned UB police, prompting a search of the building by hazmat crews, who found no gas leaks and determined the building was safe.

The facility is named after former UB Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas, a chemical engineer and metallurgist who was a mover behind the merger of the then-private University of Buffalo into the SUNY system.

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