Fire guts attic at Westminster College building

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FULTON - A fire in the Information Technology building at Westminster College was largely contained Wednesday night, according to Director of Media and Public Relations Rob Crouse.

An employee working in the building first spotted the fire around 7:30 p.m. when they saw smoke pouring out of the attic.

Crouse said the employee's server had gone down and they left their second floor office to check on things. Crouse said he is happy to report no one was hurt; the fire was contained to a single buildling; and fire crews arrived "practically immediately," which helped limit the damage.

"A fire is always a tragic situation, but if we had to have a fire, there are a number of fortunate circumstances," he said.

Westminster College President Benjamin Akande said the fire was "very consuming" and destroyed much of the attic. At one point, flames were shooting from the rooftop, but by 8:45 p.m., Crouse said, only smoke was visible.

Three fire departments worked the scene: Fulton, South Callaway and Central Callaway.

"We are very thankful for the fire services, they were able to get here quickly," Akande said.

He said students should not be impacted by the fire because it happened in an office building not directly connected to them.

"We have some physical damage to the building, but we'll be fine," he said.

Crouse said one interesting side note to the fire is that two of the college's security workers are also volunteer firefighers and were among those who worked to get things under control.



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