Iowa State University Building Closed Following Early Morning Fire


AMES, Iowa — A fire at a building on Iowa State University’s campus early Monday morning triggered an evacuation and the building is now closed because of the damage.

An ISU Alert sent out around 6:30 a.m. said there was a fire at Ross Hall and called for anyone in the building to evacuate.

Firefighters arrived at Ross Hall at 6:08 a.m. With zero visibility, crews searched the first floor and found a fire in a custodial closet. Firefighters were able to quickly bring it under control and extinguish the flames. Officials said smoke made its way though the entire building, and crews used multiple large fans to clear the smoke from the building.

One person was inside the building during the fire and made it out safely. No injuries were reported. Damage estimates are not yet available, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Ross Hall holds classrooms for English, history, political science and other general instruction courses. Updates about the building’s reopening will be available on the Iowa State University homepage at


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