The University Record, January 25, 1999

Fire causes staff relocation, $100,000 in damage

By Rebecca A. Doyle

A fire in the News and Information Services (NIS) Building, which houses The University Record, was reported at approximately 2 a.m. Jan. 20 by a Housing Division security officer. Both the Department of Public Safety and the Ann Arbor Fire Department responded and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.

No one was injured, but damage estimates to the building and its contents have reached $100,000.

Investigators from the Ann Arbor Fire Department and the U-M fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire, but initial speculation is that the fire was electrical and began in computer or other electronic equipment on the second floor of the building. Equipment destroyed by the blaze include the unit’s file and mail server. Any e-mail messages sent to staff from The University Record, Michigan Today or NIS information officers, managers and support staff before noon on Jan. 21 no longer exist. If you sent messages through e-mail during that time period and have not yet received a response, please re-send them. Staff members will make every effort to answer.

Many members of the News and Information Services staff have been relocated in the Fleming Administration Building, but staff from the Record and Michigan Today will continue to work from the NIS building. The building, however, will be closed indefinitely. To make arrangements for entry, please call the staff member you wish to see. Telephone lines for all staff members are back in operation.

All of News and Information Services appreciates your patience and the swift response and services of the Department of Public Safety, Risk Management Division, the Ann Arbor Fire Department, Housing Security, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Plant electricians and carpenters, Plant Extension, Zone Maintenance, Financial Operations, Records and Informaton Services, Human Resources and Affirmative Action, and Coach’s Catastrophe Cleaning.