Friday evening saw a number of fire engines attend the Royal School of Mines building to deal with a "small" fire in the basement laboratories. Part of the road outside was cordoned off and the building evacuated while the London Fire Brigade dealt with the incident. Such lab fires are not uncommon and typically dealt with quickly, but with a large fire brigade presence due to the nature of the College's work, and the chemicals stored on site.
The fire caused a degree of concern to some RSM students on a field trip in Sardinia, whose MSci projects are housed in the basement labs. The LFB indicated that the fire was relatively small.
When asked why all the fire engines were outside of the RSM, a member of the Metropolitan Police apparently said "mutant cats had got onto the roof", or words to that effect.
Live! hopes more information will be forthcoming on Monday (about the fire, not the mutant cats).