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Duke University employees were evacuated from the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) Wednesday afternoon following a steamline rupture in the building’s mechanical room, according to Duke University officials.

All building systems were shut down, and Duke officials have received reports of significant amount of water in the basement. The water will have to be tested before it can be pumped out.

The 341,000-square-foot facility is a multipurpose center housing classrooms, laboratory space and offices shared by the Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the departments of Computer Science, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

(Posted 4:42 p.m., May 14, 2008)