Cherry Hall Fire

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Monday classes in Cherry Hall have been cancelled due to a Sunday morning fire.

The building will be taped off while it is being cleaned and inspected.

Most of the damage was confined to the hallway and ITV classroom on the first floor that contained technology that reaches out to students and classrooms across the state.

"It's the interactive television lab where we can do remote broadcasts from classrooms where our students can see the professor interact with a professor in Glasgow, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, etc.," says Bob Edwards, with WKU's University Relations.

Faculty members who work in Cherry Hall were notified of the fire Sunday morning.

WKU History Professor Carol Carraco has worked for the university for 35 years, and says this was the first time something like this has happened to Cherry Hall.

"We've had alot of false fire alarms, but to my knowledge we've never had a fire of this magnitude", says Carraco.

According to the Western Kentucky University website, faculty members who need access to their offices may get into the building on Monday.

For now, Cherry Hall is closed until further notice.

"It's beyond inconvenience to have a disruption this late in the semester and for someone to intentionally set a fire in a building like this extremely serious and very dangerous", says Edwards.

Students who have classes in Cherry Hall should be contacted by their teachers via email regarding the closure and possible alternate class locations.

Officials are hoping to get students and faculty back into Cherry Hall on tuesday.

So far there are no leads as to who may have started this fire, but if you have any information you are being asked to contact the Western Police Department at 270-745-2548.


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