The University of Iowa

Update: Fire at Bowen Science Building

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, dispatchers with the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety were notified about a fire on the second floor of the Bowen Science Building, 51 Newton Rd., when a fire alarm detected heat in the building.


The Iowa City Fire Department responded, and found a fire in a lab on the second floor. The fire was extinguished within about 20 minutes. The building sprinkler system contained the fire to the room of origin, but early estimates indicate damage to one-third of the first floor and one-third of the second floor of the building. No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


The research conducted in this area is predominantly medical, and non-hazardous in nature. Some of the research has been temporarily interrupted, but at this time no data has been lost. No classes are expected to be impacted.


An initial damage estimate indicates at least $500,000 in damage to the lab. This estimate does not include water damage.


At this time, administrators are working to determine the logistics for those impacted, which includes a moving plan. Many will be housed within other space in the building. More information will be shared as it becomes available.


Contact: Hayley Bruce, PIO, UI Department of Public Safety, 319-384-0072