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..Title Firefighters on scene at Auburn Univ.'s Hargis Hall
WSFA 12 News ^ | October 6, 2011 | WSFA 12 News Staff

Posted on 10/06/2011 5:15:05 PM PDT by Jemian

.. Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at Hargis Hall on the campus of Auburn University.

The severity of the fire is unknown at this time. WSFA 12 News is working to gather additional details.

Viewer photos show white smoke coming out of the top of the building, which houses the University's graduate school.

Several fire trucks and emergency units can be seen from the live camera pointed at Toomer's Corner. A webcam affixed to the Hargis Hall roof is no longer functional on Auburn University's website.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: wareagle
They are wrong about the web cam. This is one of our historic buildings, dating back to the late 1800s, I think. I began my collegiate studies in the building, as did my husband and the other music majors. The band rehearsed in the top floor and there were studios and a small concert hall, very small. A lot of memories were made in that building.
1 posted on 10/06/2011 5:15:06 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; GizmosAndGadgets; NonValueAdded; del4hope; MamaB; LowOiL; LBKQ; lysie; ...

Ping to the list again. I’ll try to keep y’all updated. Since the cam is working they must have electricity. Since there is still power, it must be not too terrible. I hope. Maybe.


2 posted on 10/06/2011 5:18:57 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: Jemian

Prayers up


3 posted on 10/06/2011 5:27:25 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Jemian

Hope all is ok. Heading to Auburn Sunday for a War Eagle Day with my high school senior daughter on Monday. She has several friends already at Auburn.


4 posted on 10/06/2011 5:30:13 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: Jemian

Not the first fire on the Auburn campus:

LSU defeated Auburn 19-15 in 1996 while the old Auburn Sports Arena, affectionately called “the Barn”, burned to the ground across the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium. After scoring a touchdown, Auburn trailed 17-15 and attempted the two-point conversion. LSU intercepted the pass and returned it for a 19-15 win. The fire began when a tailgater placed a barbecue grill too close to the building. Scenes of the fire were captured by ESPN during the national broadcast as flames were seen as high as the Jordan-Hare east upper-deck. The game was never delayed, and the Auburn public address announcer continually advised fans not to worry: “the stadium [was] not on fire; the flames [were] outside the stadium.” Because of the fire and the thrilling finish, the game became known as the “Barn Burner”.


5 posted on 10/06/2011 5:32:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Hargis has been been burned before and restored. I’ve tried to look up the history but there is too much going on here tonight. Maybe later.


6 posted on 10/06/2011 5:54:01 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: Jemian

War Eagle! Praying it is minor.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 6:08:23 PM PDT by ScottinSacto (If anyone will beat Obama, let's not send just anyone. Cain/West 2012)
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To: Jemian

Oh no. I pray no one is harmed.


8 posted on 10/06/2011 6:12:51 PM PDT by lysie
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To: ScottinSacto

They’ve opened College St to one lane traveling north to south, South-to-north was always open, so maybe it is under control. I’ll be watching WSFA news later on for updates.


9 posted on 10/06/2011 6:13:44 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: Jemian

It’s Auburn University. There is no such school as you posted. :-) But there is the University of Alabama.


10 posted on 10/06/2011 6:23:49 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: Jemian

Sorry....read it wrong


11 posted on 10/06/2011 6:25:09 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: LadyPilgrim

No worries. I’ve been watching the Toomer’s cam to see if it is under control yet. I see good omen’s but nothing about which I can be certain.


12 posted on 10/06/2011 6:46:19 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: Qwackertoo

I’m glad y’all are coming this way and I wish you a safe trip. If you are looking for a place to worship, since it is Sunday you’re coming, try Trinity Presbyterian Church in Opelika. We attend there and are blessed at hearing the Word of God expounded.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 6:48:12 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: LadyPilgrim

Hargis Hall was built in 1888 and is named for Estes Hargis, who attended Auburn from 1915 - 1917. After Auburn, he eventually became a physician, serving as the first assistant to Dr. Mayo in Minnesota. He entered private practice in Alabama and retired in 1960.
14 posted on 10/06/2011 6:53:36 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: Jemian

As The Plains Burn


15 posted on 10/06/2011 7:24:56 PM PDT by yawningotter
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I think that was the building that we practiced in for a performance of The Messiah when I was in school. I hate to see any of the old buildings harmed.


16 posted on 10/06/2011 8:55:56 PM PDT by AUsome Joy
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To: dfwgator

I saw that game on TV when it was burning. I hated to see that building burn. Had a lot of good memories there including my first date with my future husband.


17 posted on 10/06/2011 9:00:47 PM PDT by AUsome Joy
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And then there was the fire at the Auburn Football dorm, which burned 20 books, to which Steve Spurrier said, “But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”

(I miss the Old Ball Coach) ;)


18 posted on 10/06/2011 9:05:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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And then there was the lady from Gainesville that called the police and said there were robbers in her garage. The police said they were busy, so would she just please jot down their jersey numbers.

I think I had heard the coloring book joke before. HaHa

I am happy to see Spurier at SC. I think we have his number. I will say I spent a miserable night in The Swamp when FL beat the stew out of Auburn. Must have been in early 90’s. My daughter got her Master’s there.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 9:12:45 PM PDT by AUsome Joy
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To: AUsome Joy

I think you may be correct about that. The building has character! I’m trying to hunt up some news this AM.


20 posted on 10/07/2011 3:33:55 AM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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Update from this morning's OA news:


A fire in the attic space of Auburn University’s Hargis Hall Thursday evening has caused moderate fire and water damage and displaced 15 administrative personnel in the school’s graduate studies offices.

Auburn Fire Division Chief Lee Lamar said firefighters received the call just before 6 p.m. and upon arrival observed fire and smoke coming from the steeple windows of the building.

“The building’s sprinkler system activated, which activated the fire alarm,” Lamar said.

The sprinklers confined the fire to one spot as fire crews made entry into an attic area, extinguishing the fire. Water weight from the sprinkler systems caused the ceilings of at least two office spaces directly below the steeple to collapse, Lamar said.

Personnel were present in the building at the time of the fire but all escaped without injury, Lamar said.

“Hopefully by early next week, workers can get to other offices not affected by the fire, but several of them are going to be shut down for a while,” Lamar said.

Susan McCallister, AU associate director of public safety information and education, said while it is not known how long the graduate school’s administrative personnel will be displaced as a result of the fire, a location to relocate the staff has already been found.

Fire watch was posted Thursday night and the building will be turned over to AU facilities workers on Friday so they can begin repairs, Lamar said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



21 posted on 10/07/2011 3:39:15 AM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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Thank you but we probably won’t arrive until 2 or 3 in the afternoon.


22 posted on 10/07/2011 7:10:45 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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Well the web cam sure looks like it has seen better days now. It looks wet and rainy there, but radar shows clear skys in the area. Probable received some water hose action.


23 posted on 10/07/2011 2:18:50 PM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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Definityly clear skies here. The day was gorgeous on the Plains.


24 posted on 10/07/2011 2:57:18 PM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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