Smoke engulfed Maedgen Theatre Sunday on the Texas Tech campus after a fire broke out in a storage room. Fortunately no one was in the building when the fire ignited, but it's not the first time the Tech theatre has seen flames
Witnesses stood in the hot sun, waiting and watching in curiosity as black smoke poured out of Texas Tech's Maedgen Theatre. Just before 5:00 Sunday evening two ladies were assisting their sons during new student orientation and noticed the smoke which was coming from a storage room and went to get help.
The smell of smoke was stale in the air at the theatre from another fire that hit this past January. Investigators believe an electrical short started that blaze. The sprinkler system activated causing major water damage. Sunday's flames were contained to the storage room where the blaze started, although we're told smoke caused damage throughout the entire theatre.
Fire officials tell us fortunately no one was in the building when the fire started because the theatre hasn't been back to normal business since the last fire. Authorities closed the hall because the sprinkler system wasn't working after January's blaze. But it seems all the hot drama isn't going to scare parents of future Tech students. Mothers are still excited to have their sons walk the Texas Tech campus.
NewsChannel 11 learned that there was minimum damage to the building, but it did look suspicious so the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Before Sunday's fire, construction was underway to have the building up and running by September, obviously that date will be pushed back.
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