Two firefighters received medical attention following a three-alarm building fire at the University of Delaware Wednesday afternoon.
The origins of the fire are still being investigated.
About 1:15 p.m., multiple New Castle County fire companies responded to the University of Delaware’s McKinly Hall in Newark for a building fire, said Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Chief Drew Bowerson, a 21-year veteran with the fire company.
There, Bowerson said fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof and the first floor of the building.
Fire crews discovered a blaze in the basement level of the academic building and worked to extinguish the flames.
The fire and smoke caused “minor extension,” to the upper floor level, Bowerson said. About three hours later, the fire was placed under control.
About 85 firefighters responded to the scene, two of which were injured, Bowerson said.
One firefighter was treated and released at the scene. Another firefighter was taken to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, Bowerson said.
Bowerson did not confirm the origins of the fire. Earlier reports suggested the fire started just after lunchtime when construction crews were working on the building’s ventilation system, according to those on the scene.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.