Distance learning program recovers after nursing fire
By Adam Koehler
The Herald Staff
The fire was first reported to the University Police Department at 7:22 p.m. by an automated system which immediately notifies UPD when an alarm goes off.
An officer was dispatched to the scene and found the fire. The officer then called the Jonesboro Fire Department which dispatched trucks to fight the fire.
The JFD sent 19 fire personnel and four fire engines to the scene.
It took the firemen about 30 minutes to fully extinguish the blaze. The firemen contributed the ease of putting out the fire to the building’s concrete structure, which kept the fire from spreading.
A Physical Plant crew began cleaning up the scorched offices the day after the fire.
According to Wyatt, the rebuilding of the damaged rooms and replacing the computers that were damaged will cost about $200,000.
“We think our cost will be short of that,” Wyatt said.
The Distance Learning Center videotapes classes on the Jonesboro campus and sends them over a network to other ASU campuses across the state, including Mountain Home and Beebe.
The Distance Learning Center reopened Tuesday with video classes being sent to other campuses when classes started Wednesday.
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