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London Met fire: All teaching resumes and open day going ahead following blaze beside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

PUBLISHED: 13:27 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 13 October 2017

Firefighters in Benwell Road. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters in Benwell Road. Picture: London Fire Brigade

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Teaching at London Met University has resumed today in the aftermath of a blaze that saw dozens of firefighters scrambled to the Tower complex.

Firefighters tackling the blaze in London Met's Tower complex yesterday (Thursday). Picture: London Fire BrigadeFirefighters tackling the blaze in London Met's Tower complex yesterday (Thursday). Picture: London Fire Brigade

Staff and students were free to return to the Holloway Road campus from 9am for lectures and seminars, but all floors of the G Block and Benwell Road buildings remain closed for cleaning and ventilation to clear fire, smoke and water damage.

The fire brigade was called just before 6am yesterday morning and spent four hours getting the blaze in an IT room on the ground floor under control. Damage is limited to one room but with other areas nearby affected by smoke and water.

An open day is scheduled for tomorrow between 11am and 3pm, which will go ahead as planned.

A university spokesman said: “We would like to thank staff and students for their patience and their support during this challenging day and we would like to thank the London Fire Brigade, Islington Council and London Metropolitan Police for their swift and professional response.”

London Metropolitan University has released a map of restricted areas (in red) following yesterday's fire at the Holloway Road campus. Photo by London Metropolitan UniversityLondon Metropolitan University has released a map of restricted areas (in red) following yesterday's fire at the Holloway Road campus. Photo by London Metropolitan University

The university’s other buildings in Islington – the learning centre and science centre in Hornsey Road – were not affected by the fire and remain open. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Students can check londonmet.ac.uk for updates on when access restrictions will be lifted. Students are also asked to check their personal timetables on the university’s CMIS-Go system for an update on any changes to teaching rooms.

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