CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- University of Virginia officials say a fire won't delay completion of a new indoor football practice facility.
Chief Facilities Officer Donald Sundgren tells media outlets that the fire damaged about 15 percent of the building's roof. But the structural steel supporting the metal deck wasn't compromised.
Sundgren says the $13 million facility will be ready for spring practice in March 2013. It's scheduled to be completed in February.
The fire broke out Monday afternoon and sent thick black smoke over Charlottesville.
Fire officials believe a worker's cutting torch ignited insulation in the roof. The roof's rubber membrane then caught fire.
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- Crews spray water on the roof of the University of Virginia's indoor practice facility, which caught fire Monday. The building is under construction.
- There is a fire in the roof of University of Virginia's indoor practice facility that is under construction.
- The roof of the indoor practice facility at the University of Virginia has caught fire. The facility is under construction.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Fire officials believe a worker's cutting torch ignited a blaze that damaged a football practice facility under construction at the University of Virginia.
U.Va. spokesman McGregor McCance tells media outlets that a preliminary investigation shows the cutting torch ignited insulation in the structure's roof. The roof's rubber membrane caught fire and sent thick, black smoke over Charlottesville.
The fire broke out Monday around 12:30 p.m. There were no injuries.
The Charlottesville Fire Department says the fire's heat liquefied the roof's rubber membrane. Fire crews used sprinklers to water an adjacent field hockey field to protect it from burning rubber that dripped off the roof.
The 78,000 square foot, $13 million practice facility is scheduled to open next August.
UPDATE: According to the University of Virginia, the fire at its practice facility is out.
Officials are working to determine what started the fire, and how much damage was done.
The roof of the new indoor practice facility at the University of Virginia has caught on fire.
The facility is under construction.
According to Newsplex.com, thick black smoke can be seen over the skies in Charlottesville. To read the story on Newsplex.com, click here.
Construction of the $14.5 million facility was expected to be finished this spring.
Former UVA football player Chris Long donated $300,000 to build the facility.