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VACANT BUILDING AT TCC PORTSMOUTH CAMPUS DESTROYED IN EARLY MORNING FIRE

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – (Feb. 4, 2006) – A fire early Saturday morning destroyed one of the former Frederick College buildings on the Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College. The fire was brought under control by Suffolk firefighters with no danger to the rest of the campus nor any personnel injuries.

Electrical power was cut off to the campus to facilitate the firefighting and resulted in cancellation of Saturday classes at the campus—electrical power was restored to the campus by mid-day Saturday. The loss of the structure will have no other effect on the operations of the college.

The 10,000 square-foot structure—constructed in the early 1900s as part of the Army facility originally at the site—was located on the southern perimeter of the college’s Suffolk property, adjacent to the main academic campus, and was used to store surplus furnishings, building supplies, and other materials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by state authorities.

For further information, contact Laurie White at 822-1085 or 407-0062.

 

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Laurie White
Media Relations
757-822-1085

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu

 
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