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Roof Fire Takes Out University's Web Services for Two Weeks


Two weeks after a roof fire on Kansas State University's Hale Library took down the school's online infrastructure, full information technology (IT) services have nearly been restored, according to K-State.

Roof work on the library ignited a three-alarm fire on May 22. The fire was contained to the roof in about two hours, and no injuries were reported. Smoke and water caused extensive damage to the building and resulted in bringing down the university's data center. Most central IT services — including email, websites, and networks — were immediately unavailable. Internet connectivity was restored to most facilities on the campus within two days.

It could be several weeks before an accurate damage estimate is available, according to WIWB. In the meantime, disaster recovery crews from eight states are working on the facility to assess the damage and provide cleanup and salvage operations.

This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor, Building Operating Management

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