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Investigators say building fire at LSU caused by roofing materials

(Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department) (Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department)
(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

Firefighters said a fire on the roof of the engineering building on the LSU campus Tuesday night was caused by hot tar and asphalt materials used to roof the building.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported firemen responded to Patrick F. Taylor Hall around 8:30 p.m. Large flames lit up the night sky and could be seen from off-campus, aerial views.

Officials said the fire was under control before 9:30 p.m.

According to Curt Monte with BRFD, the roof was being installed earlier in the day and it is believed those materials smoldered until the roof eventually caught fire.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said the building is currently going through renovations as part of new construction. He added no one was inside the building. Monte said no injuries were reported.

Ballard also said the building is open for classes Wednesday.

Investigators estimate the fire caused about $50,000 worth of damage.

The Lemoine Company, the construction company working on the building, said there was minimal water and smoke damage to the roof area, but no offices, classrooms or other areas were damaged. The company said the minimal damage from the fire would not impact its construction schedule. 

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