Fire in UVM's Torrey Hall; Zadock Thompson animal collections undamaged

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Declan McCabe

Aug 3, 2017, 8:24:29 PM8/3/17
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Hi folks; there was a fire likely caused by copper soldering work in the Torrey Hall roof.  The message below is cut and pasted...I have no more details.

Glad the collection is safe.


Torrey Hall Fire Update:


Following a preliminary examination of the interior of Torrey Hall, David Barrington, director of the Pringle Herbarium, has determined that the existing collection is largely intact. There is some damage to materials that had not yet been processed. There appears to be no damage to the Zadock Thompson animal collections.


The fire was declared under control early in the afternoon, and minimal Burlington Fire Department personnel remained on site monitoring the building for possible hot spots. The building will remain under a fire watch for the next 24 hours.


All surrounding buildings that had been previously evacuated have been re-occupied. Plans are being prepared for relocating the collections, and to begin the building restoration process.


Gary Derr

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