Kent State electric plant fire evacuates 2 campus buildings

11:00 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
(Photo courtesy Eric Mansfield)
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KENT, Ohio -- Two campus buildings were evacuated after a late night fire at the Kent State University power plant Thursday.

The fire was reported after 11 p.m. in one of the turbines at the power plant on Ted Boyd Drive, just off Summit Street.

Two people were inside the building at the time and both escaped unharmed, said KSU Media Relations Executive Director Eric Mansfield.

Two academic buildings were evacuated, but electricity to the campus was not interrupted. Classes will continue as scheduled Friday.

One generator remains in working condition and can serve the entire campus for the time being, Mansfield said.

As many as eight fire departments were called to the scene to assist. Streets in the immediate area of the power plant building will remain closed as firefighters continue their investigation.


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