Fire Destroys Virginia Tech Research Building, Estimated Damage up to $1.3M

February 15, 2017

Officials say a fire destroyed a research building at Virginia Tech.

Media outlets report it happened at the Prices Fork Research Station on Sunday night.

Bob Schubert, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ associate dean for research, says the building housed a variety of projects, including FutureHAUS, a home that contained smart technologic features. He described the loss as “devastating,” saying it was a valuable site for research and many tools were kept there.

School officials estimate the building and lost equipment were worth $800,000 to $1.3 million.

Blacksburg Fire Department Chief Bobby Carner says firefighters faced high winds as they tried to contain the fire. He says no one was inside at the time.

Carner says the cause is under investigation, but appears accidental so far.

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  • February 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    Drumpf says:
    Who told you!? We're going to get those low-life leakers! completely un-American!
  • February 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Agent says:
    Changed the moniker again Planetorium? Don't worry, you will be found out by the monitor.
  • February 16, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Drumpf says:
    This is FAKE NEWS. It never happened.
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