Wichita, Kan. -- A small fire confined to one professor's office fills the Heimerman Science building with smoke Monday morning.
The fire is believed to have been started from a faulty extension cord in the office of Professor Surendra Singh. Dr. Singh has taught biology at Newman for 45 years and is retiring at the end of this month.
Kelly Snedden, Director of University Relations says, "We're going to be moving classes not cancelling classes. Fortunately it was a small fire contained in a single office. The building did, however, experience a lot of smoke so we're having to clean out the building as far as the ventilation and the air. But other than that classes will continue. The students will just be instructed to another location."
The school is fortunate the fire is during the summer session, not the spring semester says Alan Oberley, Newman Chemistry Professor. "That would have been really bad in the middle of the semester. It's a really good thing this happened during the summer. (4) As it is we just had a few classes going on and very few students here. Fortunately no one was injured or hurt at all. A few weeks ago that might not have been the case. So we're real fortunate here. "