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UNM Zimmerman Fire...

So for those of you who do not know, there was a massive fire at the UNM Zimmerman Library last Sunday night. Well we have been told that the library is going to be closed for a long time.

When I get back to my own comptuer (I am updating from a term in Dane Smith Hall right now), I will post some links.

So this morning I was on my way to class in the Kiva which I walk by the back side of Zimmerman to get there. So as I was walking past Zimmerman and into the Education building I smelled the o so great smell of burnt crap, much like the burning garage truck from yesterday. Anyway, so I know how big they say this fire was, and have seen pictures of the smoke pooring out of the building. But something really is just not adding up here.

What I mean, is that unless the fire was bigger then they reported, they should have had at least the ground floor and the upper floors reopened by now. The fire was in the basement at the east end, and as such I have heard in differnt e-mails on the list serv that a lot of the damage was limited to that area. Now I do know it takes time to cleanup from fires and stuff, but they still have the crime tape up and have a lot of the over all area blocked off.

Now that makes me wonder even more what is going on around there. Something tells me there is a lot more to this story then they are letting on about.

Well, I need to run to my class...my last class of the semester. HELL YA!


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May. 5th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Eh, that's about right.
Don't expect the building to open up by the end of semester, because even if there isn't structural damage (which, there probably is) there is water damage (sprinklers go off in the entire building, not just on the floor where the fire is, I think, because unless they're semi-active systems, they'd want to prevent the spread of fire elsewhere. Semi-active systems use things that melt, like wax, so the sprinklers only go off in an area where it's hot enough to melt the wax. There's also smoke damage, and possible mold damage from the sprinklers.

Luckily no one was hurt? :)

May. 5th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Eh, that's about right.
See, you assume that the building had a sprinker system, which it did not. It was built so long ago, that it was, and for some stupid reason, is still not required in the building. There was very limited fire damange from what I have heard (unless they are bull shitting us again).

Also its werid cus the fire invesgagetors are still on the area, which makes me wonder what is going on. I mean they can tell what started a wildfire in quicker time then this. Plus, also they were doing cleanup on Monday, and from what I can tell are no longer doing clean up.

Granted this is UNM where everything, and I mean everything takes 4 times longer then it should, so they might be on schedule. LOL. I wonder if there is not more structrual damage then they are letting on about to the public.

What ever it is, it sucks cus of the whole crap load of an area they have closed off around this sucker. But not that I really have to worry about that anymore, since today was my last day of classes, and I have my last finaly tomarrow at 7:30am.
May. 5th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Eh, that's about right.
Dunno, then.

Maybe there were aliens involved.

Check out my new pictures of this bar I've worked on.

May. 6th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
Re: Eh, that's about right.
Also I forgot to add that here in New Mexico, most buildings that have sprinklers have the semi-active system. If I remember right most systems have the glass connectors, that when the temp gets to that right temp, then the glass melts and then the water is able to come out.
May. 7th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Eh, that's about right.
Um, that's really high. I think wax is the more useful melting substance. I'm not sure though, I'll look it up.
May. 5th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
My Aunt is an English professor at your school. :)
May. 5th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Really, wow. Small world this is, I must say. LOL.
May. 5th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Hehe, indeed it is. ;)
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