"The business of the
--Charles T. Wethington Jr.,
University of Kentucky
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|May 16, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) University
of Kentucky administrators and staff returned to their duties today in temporary offices
set up in the wake of Tuesdays fire that caused extensive damage to the
Charles T. Wethington Jr., Vice President for Fiscal Affairs George DeBin,
Vice President for Administration Ben Carr, Special Assistant to the President for
Academic Affairs Juanita Fleming and Legal Services were relocated to the 18th floor of
the Patterson Office Tower. Other
administrators were relocated to other buildings that house their units operations.
business of the university continues, Wethington said.
said officials do not have a full assessment of damages at this point. Were waiting for the university
architect to perform a building assessment, and we hope we can get in late today or
Thursday, he said.
hopeful and optimistic that the building can be fully restored, he added.
building was damaged by a fire that started shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday when a
construction worker, using a propane torch to solder metal eaves work, ignited dry rafters
in the attic. The fire spread throughout the
attic and engulfed the third floor and a substantial portion of the second floor. No serious injuries were reported.
work being performed on the Administration Building, the oldest building standing on
campus, was part of a $1.3 million restoration and renovation project that began last fall
and was scheduled for completion late this month.
DeBin said university officials are working with the
projects contractor, Midland Engineering Co. of South Bend, Ind., on insurance and
liability issues. Structural questions are
being addressed by the projects architectural firm, James W. Potts-Architects of
Lexington, and structural engineers. Those
engineers will complete an assessment within the next 24 to 48 hours on whether the
building should be reconstructed or razed and replaced.
assessments indicate the building can be restored. However,
any decision on the buildings future will be based on the structural engineers
final report and whether restoration costs are excessive.
said university officials have not determined the amount of damage sustained by records
kept in the building. He noted there were
about 18 inches of water, used in the effort to fight the fire, pooled in the
have contacted a document-recovery company and they should be on the site this
afternoon, he said.
recovery also will be assisted by restoration equipment at the William T. Young Library,