Fire erupts on roof of SEMO's Dempster Hall, building to remain closed all week


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - A fire on the roof of Robert A. Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University Monday will force the building to stay closed the rest of the week.

This will give the insurance company and engineers time to assess the building.  It will also give officials a chance to decide when the building will reopen.

Instructors in that building have been told to let their students know where classes will meet for the time being.  Other employees in the building are also being relocated.

Kathy Mangles, vice president for finance and adminstration says cleanup in the building has already begun.

Earlier story:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Flames and smoke at Southeast Missouri State University forced the university to close one of its building for a few days.

Firefighters got the call just before 1:40 Monday afternoon.  When they arrived on campus, the roof of Dempster Hall was on fire.  It houses the Harrison College of Business.

Firefighters were able to put the blaze out in 15 minutes.  University officials say it appears to have been contained to the roof.

Fire personnel from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, along with Jackson and Scott City Fire Departments, were called to the scene.

Faculty, staff and students were inside when the flames erupted.  No on was hurt.

Dempster Hall has been closed for the rest of the day Monday and all day Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, the roof was heavily damaged.  Water and smoke damage was reported on the second and first floors.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.