While there were no reported injuries or deaths, the loss of the 113-year-old gothic-style Main Building is a major blow to the Roman Catholic university, which has a modest endowment of $27-million.
According to an article in The New York Times, the university has vowed to rebuild, but with a small endowment and declining enrollments, it’s not yet clear how it will do so. The fire displaced 118 students from two campus dormitories.
The cause of the blaze is unknown, but authorities are investigating the scene for signs of arson. The Express-News posted a gallery of photographs showing the fire and its effects.
Classes at the university were canceled. Final exams will resume next week, and graduation is scheduled for the following Saturday. —Hurley GoodallReturn to Top