Cleanup continues after minor fire at S&T’s McNutt Hall

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On August 14, 2018

Crews are cleaning up today after a small fire broke out in a second-floor laboratory in McNutt Hall on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.

The fire started at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and automatically triggered the building’s sprinkler system. The sprinkler system suppressed the fire, and Rolla firefighters extinguished the remaining fire. The lab was not occupied at the time, and no one was injured.

Damage was confined to a desk area with no fire damage to the building. Due to the activation of the sprinkler system, there was isolated water damage.

Because of the water damage and cleanup, S&T closed the north section of the second floor of McNutt Hall until cleanup is completed.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but investigators have not found anything suspicious related to this fire.


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2 thoughts on “Cleanup continues after minor fire at S&T’s McNutt Hall”

  • Mark Hopkins says:


    I would like to commend you on the accuracy of this report. It highlights the fact that the sprinkler system did its job by controlling the fire rather than focusing on the water damage caused by the sprinkler system. The reality is that the building might have been consumed by the fire or incurred significantly more extensive and costly damage without the sprinkler system. Especially given that the building was unoccupied at the time of the incident. There are too many reports that do not capture these facts. Thank you for the succinct yet accurate report of the incident . Great job.


    Mark Hopkins, P.E.
    Vice President of Engineering
    National Fire Sprinkler Association