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Nuclear engineering engineer dies at work

A nuclear engineering engineer at the University of Washington has died after a workplace fire at the school, officials said.

The incident took place at the Nuclear Engineering Center on the campus in Seattle, Washington, around 8:40 p.m.

ET, the university said.

A statement from the university’s Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences said the engineer, who was 51, was the fourth person to die in the building in the past week.

The engineer was a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the statement said.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the engineer,” the statement read.

The engineer’s death comes less than a week after the University at Buffalo’s John S. Bunch, 56, was killed in a building fire in Buffalo, New York, killing his partner and two children.

More than 2,500 people work at the nuclear engineering center and about 20 percent are on temporary or part-time contracts, according to the university.

The center also hosts events to promote nuclear energy.

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