Friday, May 18, 2001

UK hopes to salvage fire-damaged building

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky officials met with representatives of Midland Engineering Co. and its fire insurance company Thursday to discuss coverage following a fire that gutted the school's administration building.

        The three-story building, built in 1882 and the oldest on campus, sustained substantial damage in Tuesday's fire, which apparently was started inadvertently by a Midland worker using a propane torch to solder copper eaves.

        The fire swept through the attic, engulfed the third floor and damaged the second floor of the building, which housed administrative offices — including those of President Charles T. Wethington.

        Midland is the general contractor on a $1.3 million exterior renovation of the building. Its fire insurance company is Liberty Mutual Group.

        School officials said all parties agreed to free disclosure of information and documents about the cause of the fire.

        Dr. Wethington expressed optimism about the future of the historic structure.

        “All planning at this point is with an eye toward restoring the building,” he said.


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