Officials say the Western Washington University chemistry building where a lab caught fire last month is expected to be open in time for the start of class.

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BELLINGHAM — Officials say the Western Washington University chemistry building where a lab caught fire last month is expected to be open in time for the start of class.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the school announced Wednesday that the building should be back open by Sept. 24.

Six students and one professor were in the lab when the fire erupted in the third-floor lab Aug. 25. A student disposing of a mix of chemicals including acetone and hexane spilled the liquid on the floor and the vapors found an ignition source.

Neither students nor fire fighters were harmed by the fire, though the first firefighters to enter the room complained of sore throats and headaches after breathing the gas.

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The fire caused more than $1.6 million in damage.