Details: Fire reported at Alamance Community College campus

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- A fire was reported at Alamance Community College Thursday evening.

According to Alamance County dispatch, the call regarding the fire came in at 7:30 p.m.

The fire happened in the automotive technologies building.

Students were inside the building and called 911.

No injuries were reported.

Officials say the building is not a total loss but sustained significant damage. Graham Fire Chief, John Andrews, said the building has fire, smoke and water damage, especially to the roof of the building.

Two to three cars were also damaged by the fire.

According to college spokesman, Ed Williams, classes will continue in a classroom elsewhere on campus Friday.

“Friday automotive instruction was classroom-oriented anyway so that is unaffected today,” Williams said. “Our focus now is on finding an alternative facility to continue the technical aspect of instruction through this semester.”

Administrators are talking with Alamance Burlington School System and with several local automotive dealerships that may have capacity.

A maintenance worker at the community college said the building that caught fire is used for welding and horticulture. Those classrooms were not impacted.

Williams said the building that housed the automotive program opened in 1988 so there was some age to it.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but a preliminary investigation ruled the fire accidental.

An alarm company is coming to reset the system and state insurance officials will be out to assess the damage later this morning, according to a maintenance worker.



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