Campus Loses Power; Fire In Computer Lab

SOCORRO, N.M. August 30, 2010 -- Mike Topliff, director of the Computer Center, or TCC, said room 15 in Speare Hall will be closed for gutting and restoration over the next few weeks.

Facilities Management assistant director Jim McLain met with an insurance adjustor and a cleaning firm Monday. Rockefeller Cleaning and Restoration of Albuquerque will begin the clean-up process Tuesday, Aug. 31.

All 14 computers, a copier and other equipment was deemed a complete loss. The ceiling tiles and sheet rock walls will also be replaced.

None of the other rooms in Speare Hall were damaged; however, some ceiling tiles in adjacent rooms will be replaced.

Speare 15 is a student computer lab that did not house any classes.

SOCORRO, N.M. August 28, 2010 -- A small fire broke out in Speare Hall 15, a first floor computer lab, at about 8 a.m. Saturday, roughly the same time that many buildings on campus lost electricity.

The drywall, ceiling tiles and fire door contained the blaze to the single room. The precise cause of the fire is not known. The Socorro Fire Department put out the blaze, which started in computer equipment.

Speare Hall will remain closed through Sunday, Aug. 29. The computer lab will be closed until further notice.

Socorro Electric Cooperative crews are on campus now restoring utility service to those buildings that lost power. As of noon Saturday, the south side of campus, including all dorms, had power. Electrical crews expect to have all power restored by Saturday evening.

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