Lightning strike fire damages El Dorado college building

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Cleanup continues at South Arkansas Community College (SACC) after a weekend fire that happened as storms moved through the area.

According to posts on the SACC Facebook page, the Administration Building sustained major damage.

“The photos actually don’t do justice to how awful it looks. The positive thing is that we have started the reclamation project AND have been told by experts that, theoretically, this amazing historic structure can be restored,” read one of the posts.

Additional info in this April 14 post on college’s Facebook page:
Dear students and friends,

As many of you have heard, fire damaged the Administration Building over the weekend after a lightning strike during the severe storms that swept through the area. Thankfully, the building was unoccupied and no one was injured, and the blaze was contained to the attic of the building. The fire was out by around 4 p.m. today. However, damage from smoke, and especially from the water used to put out the fire, is extensive.

Therefore, the building is not usable in its current state, and is closed until further notice. The college, however, will be open in accordance with its normal schedule beginning on Monday morning.

All employee offices in the Administration Building are being moved to other areas of campus. No one is allowed into the Administration Building. Due to its proximity to the damaged building, the gymnasium also will be closed. The west entrance of the Whitfield Building, which faces the Administration Building, will be closed until further notice as well.

Additionally, West Campus parking will be more limited while the work of assessing and cleaning up after the damage continues in the coming days.

We request patience as all of us deal with these challenges. We are sad, but resolved in our mission. Thank you for supporting us in so many ways!

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