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Fire Guts British Antarctic Lab

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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.33b

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Britain's polar biology program is reeling from a fire that has destroyed its main antarctic laboratory. No injuries were reported, but the fire--which broke out on 28 September--did about $3 million worth of damage and has jeopardized about one-fifth of all ongoing British antarctic research, officials say.