hampton u fire

Administration building at Hampton University is heavily damaged in fire

March 7, 2023
The building was constructed on the university's Hampton, Va., campus in 1882.

A fire has heavily damaged the 140-year-old Administration Building at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

WAVY-TV reports that the two-alarm fire that broke out Monday afternoon in the facility, also known as Palmer Hall, is believed to have been electrical in nature.

A university spokesperson said all administrative staff and personnel were evacuated safely from the building. No injuries were reported.

“First and foremost, we are thankful that everyone in the Administration Building, students, faculty and staff are safe,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “Our students in particular were never in any danger.”

The campus will stay open, and operations will continue as normal Tuesday, the university said.

The building was constructed in 1882 and was last renovated in the 1990s. It housed the library museum, principal’s office and the treasurer’s office.


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Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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