MANHATTAN (TNS) — Manhattan area emergency personnel responded to a Tuesday afternoon fire at Kansas State University’s Hale Library.
The call came in shortly after 4 p.m. when smoke was reported coming out of the library and the building was evacuated, according to information posted online by K-State. Smoke was said to be still coming from the building at 5:30 p.m.
At 6:24 p.m., K-State reported the fire was contained. It was determined the fire occurred in the northwest part of the original Farrell Library portion of the Hale Library.
The school announced the library will be closed until further notice.
No other information about the incident, including cause or monetary damage done to the building, was available Tuesday evening.
No injuries were reported, and people were being asked to stay clear of the area while crews investigate.
Agencies that responded to the fire included Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Emergency Medical Services, and crews from Fort Riley and Blue Township.
Later Tuesday evening, K-State said it would be taking down down its online systems to protect the university’s data center. This data center includes HRIS, KSIS, and Canvas. These systems will be restored as soon as possible, the university said.
Hale Library is the main Kansas State University library. According to the school’s online information, it was dedicated in 1997 after a multiyear renovation and expansion project of the original campus library building, Farrell Library, which opened in 1927. Hale Library has more than 400,000 square feet of space and more than two million books in its collection.