Chemical smell prompts temporary evacuation of University of Manitoba building

Students and staff in the department of human ecology were forced outside Tuesday after an "unusual smell" drew hazmat inspectors to the south Winnipeg campus.

Students, staff allowed back into human ecology department facility after hazmat team gives the all clear

Hazmat crews cleared the human ecology building at the University of Manitoba after reports of a chemical smell Tuesday morning. (CBC)

University of Manitoba students and staff were forced outside Tuesday morning after a chemical odour raised concerns and drew hazmat inspectors to the south Winnipeg campus.

The university's human ecology building was evacuated just before 11 a.m. after reports of an "unusual smell," said U of M spokesperson John Danakas.

The building was deemed safe to re-enter after firefighters and a hazardous materials team cleared the HVAC system, according to a City of Winnipeg spokesperson.

The cause of the smell was never determined, the city said.

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