LC fire aftermath
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[OCT. 26, 2004]
The landscape on the Lincoln College campus has changed
over the past two weeks. On Sunday, Oct. 10, a fire destroyed the
former maintenance building, which was housed across from the
McKinstry Memorial Library on the southeast edge of the campus. All
that remained of three connected buildings the next morning was a
perimeter of small portions of brick wall that falsely appeared to
protect a huge pile of charred debris, propane tanks standing in a
line at the alley's edge, and an odd-to-the-common-senses stack made
of several crushed vehicles standing around back.
The building was already engulfed in flames when firefighters
arrived at the four-alarm fire at 2 p.m. Due to the delayed notice
of the fire and the type and quantity of chemicals stored in the
building, heavy smoke had engulfed the building, making it difficult
to assess the source of the fire.
Early on, firefighters went in
and equipment was used to remove fuel sources, such as the large
propane tanks and vehicles, in order to get the fire under control.
Moving these things has contributed to making the subsequent
investigation of the fire's origin difficult. No cause has yet been
A week later, as soon as fire investigators had completed their
tasks, a bulldozer began methodically loading dump trucks and has
nearly scraped the concrete slab clean. The mess is almost all
gone now and the foundation will come out next, Lincoln College
maintenance director Ron Craig said.
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A complete list of all that was in the building has not been
completed yet, but estimates are at about $600,000 to $700,000 loss.
Next the college board will decide what to do for a new
maintenance building, whether to rebuild on that location or
somewhere else. The board meets in December and will follow the
recommendation of the building and grounds committee.
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