Some activities at a Penn State building that burned late Tuesday will resume this week.
According to the university, the Hammond Building will begin to get back to business Thursday “after an accidental, late-night office fire” shuttered the building Wednesday.
Damage to the building was contained primarily to Room 136, a student research office used by six people. The building, built in 1960, houses the College of Engineering and administration. Black marks on the outside of the building marked the room where the fire burned.
Centre Region Council of Governments fire director Steve Bair said no one was in the building at the time of the fire, which began at about 10:50 p.m. and was extinguished in about 10 minutes. Alpha and Boalsburg fire companies were dispatched to the scene, and dozens of firefighters responded.
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Flames were shooting out of a window when first responders arrived, Bair said.
Bair, who would not speculate on the cause of the fire, said Room 136 needs to be gutted. University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said there was minor scorching damage “along the wall directly above the room of origin.”
“As a precaution, classrooms and laboratory space directly above and below the affected room have been closed while repairs take place, affecting six rooms in the center of the building,” Powers said in a statement Wednesday.
University employees at Hammond are being asked to report to work Thursday as normal.
“In order to reduce foot traffic as contractors repair damaged areas, beginning Thursday all classes scheduled to take place in Hammond Building will be relocated,” the university release stated.
Powers said the closure Wednesday was due to minor smoke damage and to air out the smell of the fire.