Student center construction site catches fire

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Officials at Campbell University are still evaluating the largest construction project on the school’s campus to determine if a fire last week will delay completion of the much-anticipated building.

Fire crews from around the area, led by the Buies Creek Fire Department, responded to a fire at the site of the new student union facility around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Heavy black smoke could be seen from several miles away from the site, which sits near the center of the Campbell campus.

According to Campbell spokeswoman Haven Hotel, a welder started the fire. No injuries have been reported.

“Everyone was able to get out,” Ms. Hottell said.

Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed released a statement on the fire.

“We are grateful that the incident occurred without a loss of property,” Dr. Creed said.

He said the project’s future is unknown.

“Our construction managers will survey the damage and provide a full report and resume work as soon as possible,” Dr. Creed said.

Campbell Vice President for Institutional Advancement Britt Davis said he expects delays.

“It is going to be delayed, we just don’t know for how long,” Dr. Davis said.

Dr. Creed credited a quick response from the Buies Creek Fire Department for minimizing the loss of property.

The student center project was originally scheduled for completion in December.

Engineers were quickly on scene once the fire was contained to determine the structure’s stability. The extent of construction delays was unclear.

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