There was a fire in Dunedin tonight at University College, one of the University of Otago's residential colleges.

All residents have been safely evacuated.

The fire began in a resident's room in the South Tower just before 7pm.

While it was contained within the room, water damage has affected other areas.

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All South Tower residents are being accommodated within the college or other residential colleges this evening.

The Fire Service is investigating the cause of the fire.