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St. Lawrence University offers space after lab fire

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CANTON - Displaced by last week’s fire on their campus, science students from SUNY Canton will temporarily be mixing chemicals and doing laboratory experiments at neighboring St. Lawrence University.

Starting March 5, three laboratories on the third floor of SLU’s Bewkes Hall no longer being used by SLU faculty and staff will be used by chemistry and biology classes from SUNY Canton.

“I am very pleased to announce that arrangements have been made for affected SUNY Canton students to continue their academic work through the use of some labs and facilities at St. Lawrence,” SLU President William Fox wrote in an email to his campus.

The arrangement is expected to last through this semester and possibly longer depending on how quickly testing and repairs are completed at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton will provide its students and faculty bus transportation to and from SLU.

Staff from St. Lawrence University will prepare the spaces to be used, including cleaning and restoring all safety systems necessary for lab work.

Although arson has been ruled out, there is still no cause determined for Friday’s fire at SUNY Canton’s Cook Hall that started with an explosion in a chemistry lab. The building houses the departments of science, health and criminal justice.

Classes at the campus were canceled this week and are supposed to resume Monday. The college is scheduled to start spring break the following week.

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