Jonesboro, AR University of Arkansas Physics Buliding Fire, Oct 1909

Fire Destroys $10,000 Building At University

Physics Building Burns

Was Partly Covered by Insurance-Department Will Have to be Suspended

Severe Blow To Students

Fayetteville, Oct. 23.-The physics building at the University of Arkansas was destroyed by fire of Arkansas was destroyed by fire early this morning. The fire was burning slowly when first discovered, but before sufficient water could be pumped into the city mains after the alarm was turned in the flames were beyond control.

The origin of the fire is unknown. When first discovered the flames were shooting up from the basement, which contained a small amount of lumber and slate. Owing to the precautions generally observed, it is not believed that the fire was caused by defective electrical connections.

The building was only temporary and the greatest loss is the apparatus, little of which was saved. The loss in the physics department, including the building, is about $7,500. The electrical department lost the transmitter house and equipment, valued at $2,500. As a result of the fire the physics department will be compelled to discontinue sessions until quarters can be secured and equipped.

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the university has been called for the near future to make an appropriation for a new building and equipment. The loss of the building is a severe blow to the students of the department, which has been conducted this year on a more systematic scale than ever before. The loss to the university is partially covered by insurance.

Jonesboro Evening Sun, Jonesboro, AR 25 Oct 1909