Crews battle, contain blaze at Hale Library

By Brady Bauman
KMAN – May 23, 2018

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A fire at Hale Library on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan kept several fire and EMS crews busy late Tuesday afternoon.

According to K-State news services, the Manhattan Fire Department was responded shortly after 4 p.m. for a call of reported smoke at the library and the building was safely evacuated. By 5:30 p.m. seven different fire departments were battling the blaze.

Riley County EMS Director David Adams told KMAN no injuries were reported and the cause is unknown at this time.

No flames were visible, however smoke billowed periodically as crews worked. By 6:24 p.m., K-State officials reported the fire was contained and that it occurred in the northwest part of the original Farrell Library portion of the building.

K-State Vice President for Communications and Marketing Jeffery Morris told Media crews responded to the library within minutes of the first reports of smoke and that the building was undergoing renovations at the time. Construction crews stood outside the building as firefighters attacked the blaze.

The library was in the early stages of a $6.5 million renovation.

The original Farrell Library portion where the fire occurred was built in the 1920s, according to KSU. Today, Hale Library is more than 400,000 square feet and has more than two million books in its collection.

 

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