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Lycoming College's General Services Building was destroyed in a two-alarm fire on Tuesday evening, March 6.
The fire at 137 E. Fourth St. was discovered about 9 p.m. by a member of the College's security staff, who was alerted by the fire alarm monitoring system in the Safety and Security Office. The officer immediately called 911 when he saw smoke coming from the structure. Flames grew to the height of the nearby Recreation Center, approximately 20 to 30 feet in the air.
"This is a significant loss for the College, but we are thankful no one was seriously injured," said Lycoming President Dr. James Douthat. "We also are very grateful for the efforts of the Williamsport fire and police departments and the several area volunteer firefighting companies that worked together to bring the fire under control. The College appreciates the various community members who have quickly responded with offers of support."
The fire was under control by approximately 10:30 p.m. A city firefighter was injured in the blaze and was released from the hospital last night. No other injuries were reported.
The structure, utilized by the College's buildings and grounds crew, contained a variety of equipment and tools. The extent of the financial loss is unknown at this time. A clip of the blaze can be viewed here.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.