Preliminary reports indicate
extensive damage was sustained on the second and third floors of the 119-year-old
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15, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) Fire
caused extensive damage this afternoon to the University of Kentucky Administration
Building, one of the three oldest buildings on campus.
fire apparently started when a construction worker, using a propane torch to solder copper
eaves, ignited wood rafters in the three-story buildings attic, Lexington Fire Chief
William Roy Holleran said. The fire then
burned its way through the attic, engulfed the third floor and continued into parts of the
firefighters, two aerial trucks and seven pumper trucks battled what Holleran described as
a two alarm-plus fire.
fire was reported at 3:59 p.m. and fire units on the scene arrived at 4:01 p.m. A Lexington fire station stands just across
Limestone Street from the Administration Building. Forty
to 50 people were evacuated from the building within minutes. The only injuries reported were minor burns
suffered by a construction worker.
officials were concerned about the possible loss of records, artwork and other items. Most of the records were backed up in computer
files, and no archived materials were kept in the building.
5:35 p.m., Holleran said the third floor was extensively damaged, as was most of the
second floor. The first floor was largely
spared damage from the fire. However, the
complete extent of fire, smoke and water damage was not immediately known. Firefighters entered the building at 6:10 p.m.
eave work was part of a $1.3 million renovation project that started last fall. Paul Cable, a project manager in UKs capital
project management division, said the project was replacing old sheet metal around
facades, cement plaster ornamentation around the building, and window heads with cut
renovation of the 119-year-old building was scheduled for completion later this month.
building houses the offices of UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr., Vice President for
Administration Ben W. Carr, Chancellor Elisabeth Zinser and several other administrative
units. Within a half-hour of the start of the
fire, officials had made tentative relocation plans for the units.
DeBin, vice president for fiscal affairs, said the president and his staff, Carr, Fiscal
Affairs, the legal department and Academic Affairs would be relocated to the 18th floor of
the Patterson Office Tower.