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The BCM building being attended to by firefighters. A full company was dispatched to the scene, but say they had little trouble extinguishing the fire.

Baptist Campus Ministries building set ablaze over spring break, ‘damage was minimal’ say officials

By Will Ryan–

The BCM building being attended to by firefighters. A full company was dispatched to the scene, but say they had little trouble extinguishing the fire.

The Baptist Community Ministry building was undergoing renovation; the building was being outfitted with a new, metal roof.
On March 14, as a contractor used a metal-cutting saw to slice through a sheet of roofing, sparks flew and set flame to the paper-based insulation that had been left exposed.

The Louisville Fire Department responded quickly to douse the flames while numerous pedestrian onlookers watched the situation unfold.

The fire was easily extinguished and the crew began looking for “hot spots,” high-temperature areas that can catch fire if the material is agitated. In the process of removing these risks, the fire spread to the grass surrounding the building. As U of L Director of Communications John Drees explained it, “there was more fire on the ground from where the firefighters shoveled the hot spots than there was on the roof to begin with.”

The firefighters doused the second blaze quickly and the BCM building sustained minimal damage. Mr. Drees said of the fire, “it affected only about two thirds of the southern face of the roof, and the contracting agency is going to cover the cost of the damages.”

The building itself is was not seriously damaged; repairs to the  roof have been successfully completed, and the building has returned to use as normal. There were no injuries from the incident. It will be left up to Campus Minister Paul Gibson to decide whether or not the fire was an act of God.

Photo by Will Ryan/The Louisville Cardinal

Eastern Parkway near Reynolds Lofts.

Storm floods Belknap campus, sets Province ablaze [WITH PHOTOS]

By Baylee Pulliam and Rae Hodge–

The Belknap campus is flooded and several student rooms at The Province are fire-damaged due to this morning’s storms.

The university sent out RAVE alerts this morning cancelling morning and afternoon classes and warning students to “please stay off campus.” The Early Learning campus is also closed.

Classes beginning at or after 4 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

Sam Davenport, a second year Speed School of Engineering student, commutes from his home in LaGrange, Ky. Today his only class was cancelled– after he’d already come to campus.

“It’s unbelievable. The campus is just a big bowl for all of this water. It pools so easily when it starts coming in,” Davenport said, wading into high waters at the Old Eastern Parkway underpass.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey said in a release those high waters damaged several cars and university facilities, including Strickler Hall and the Chemistry, Houchens and Theater Arts buildings.

Over at the Province, a lightning strike caused a fire that could leave as many as 36 students displaced. There were no injuries.

According to U of L spokesman Mark Hebert, at least a dozen student suites were damaged badly enough to force students out. Another 12 single-bed units were severely damaged, and management is worried about electrical problems in another 12.

“Some of those students may have lost just about everything in their apartments,” Ramsey said.

Hebert said the Province should have enough space to house the displaced students. Those students met with officials from the Province, Student Affairs and Student Housing this morning to have their questions answered.

Ramsey said the Student Affairs Office is working with The Province’s management, the American Red Cross and private insurance companies to help the students who suffered losses.

Student Affairs is also making assistance available through the Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund. You can donate here.

PHOTOS: Belknap campus flooding, fire at The Province

Photos by Rae Hodge/The Louisville Cardinal