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By Dan Adkins

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All parties agreed to free disclosure of information and documents about the cause of Tuesday's fire in the Administration Building.

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May 17, 2007 – (Lexington, Ky.) – University of Kentucky officials today met with representatives of Midland Engineering Co. and its insurance company, Liberty Mutual Group, to discuss insurance coverage and losses after a fire in the UK Administration Building.

UK officials described the meeting as “cordial,” with emphasis placed on open communication.  All parties agreed to free disclosure of information and documents about the cause of the fire.

The three-story Administration Building sustained extensive damage in Tuesday’s fire, apparently caused by a Midland worker using a propane torch to solder copper eaves.  The fire spread through the attic, engulfed the third floor and continued into the second floor.  The remainder of the building received substantial water damage.  No serious injury was reported.

Midland is the general contractor on a $1.3 million renovation of the 119-year-old Administration Building.  The project began last fall and was expected to be finished late this month.

UK officials involved in the meeting included Controller Henry Clay Owen, Director of Capital Construction Management Dall Clark, Associate Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Ken Clevidence and risk manager John Hunt.  Also in attendance were representatives of AON, the university’s self-insurance consultant.  The Kentucky Fire and Tornado Fund also was represented.

Meanwhile, UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr. remained optimistic about the historic building’s future.  “All planning at this point is with an eye towards restoring the building,” he said.   Wethington emphasized no final decision has been made.  He will make a recommendation to the UK Board of Trustees at its June 19 meeting.

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