Auburn: Electrical issue likely caused fire on main campus

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say the cause of a fire that damaged a building on Auburn University’s main campus was likely electrical.

Auburn said in a statement that the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the Monday blaze in Lowder Hall appears to have originated from a light and ballast on the first floor.

Auburn Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger said there’s significant damage to multiple classrooms and offices, but the building’s core structure remains intact. However, damage to the ground floor and first floor prompted the building to close for the time being. He said several classrooms and offices have been relocated for the rest of the summer semester.

Lowder Hall, on the north edge of campus, houses several classes and offices of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

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