Kansas State library faces long recovery from fire

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Officials say Kansas State University’s Hale Library suffered significant damage during a fire.

Library dean Lori Goetsch tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that the university has contracted with an international disaster recovery business to restore the library following the May 22 blaze.

Goetsch says the library has extensive water and smoke damage. The fire was contained to the building’s roof, but hundreds of thousands of gallons of water were used to control the blaze.

The library also contained the university’s data center, and work remains to get the system fully back online.

Goetsch says about 250 library staff and students will be moved to temporary offices until repair work is complete.

Insurance adjusters will need about a month to assess the damage. It’s unclear when the library will reopen.

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