Fire Destroys Petrie Hall at Heritage University
Heritage University president John Basset is sad about Sunday’s fire that destroyed Petrie Hall. The flames consumed the kitchen, cafeteria, bookstore and important offices with computers containing vital student information; however, that information isn’t lost, says Basset. He says the university has extensive backup systems that are already at work recovering student information as the school begins to recover. The fire investigators get to work today searching for an exact cause. One employee of the school, James Lamb, says he first spotted the flames near an espresso machine in the kitchen area but couldn’t put out the fire before fleeing the building. It’s why investigators are looking closely today at the fire being caused by an electrical problem.
Despite the damage, classes will be held as scheduled today at all locations. Classes on the Toppenish campus will be relocated to the Arts and Sciences Center. University staff will be on hand to help students find the temporary classrooms. Students are encouraged to arrive for class a few minutes earlier than usual.