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Texas Tech University Sports Performance Center – Fire Update

Today’s analysis confirmed minimal damage, safety protocols were followed and no delays in the project are expected.

Michael MolinaMichael Molina

March 23, 2017 | Contact Scott Lacefield

A small fire at the northeast corner of the Texas Tech University Athletics Sports Performance Center construction site occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The initial analysis of the site and incident conducted by Texas Tech University System Facilities Planning and Construction, TTU Fire Marshall’s office and the project contractor on Thursday morning confirmed minimal damage. The fire was caused by a piece of hot welding metal that fell from the upper roof of the structure on to palletized roofing deck materials on the lower roof below.

Safety watchmen immediately reacted by lowering their lift, but within one minute the pallet of material ignited.

“We are pleased all safety protocols were followed and thankful there were no injuries as a result of the incident,” said Texas Tech University System Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction Michael Molina. “We would also like to thank Lubbock Fire and Rescue for their timely and professional response.”

The facility site is open for work. No delays are expected for a Sept. 1 project completion date.

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