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O'Donnell Hall closed as result of early-morning fire

O'Donnell Hall, the College of Education building at New Mexico State University, has been closed as the result of an early-morning fire today (Sunday), whose cause has not yet been determined, according to Vice President for Administration Juan Franco.


College deans and departmental offices have been moved temporarily to various rooms in Corbett Center, and all classes and final examinations also will be relocated, mostly to Corbett Center and the Dona Ana Branch Community College, Franco said.

A schedule of classes and locations is available at the Corbett Center Information Desk. Questions also can be referred to the deans' offices, 646-2498. The schedule and other information also have been posted on the NMSU Web site, accessible from the home page under the "News" heading. In addition, staff will be positioned outside the two entrances to O'Donnell Hall with information, Franco said.

The fire caused extensive damage to parts of the Department of Educational Management and Development, and the rest of the building sustained varying degrees of smoke damage, Franco said. The whole building will be shut down at least a week, but most of the building should be open for the spring semester. More extensively damaged areas will be closed longer, he added.

The fire was discovered about 5 a.m. today (Sunday) when a security alarm went off, prompting university police to investigate. University and city fire units responded.

The College Deans' offices have been relocated to the Curry Room in Corbett Center. Locations for other departments include: Advising Center, New Mexico Room; Curriculum and Instruction, Quay; Counseling and Educational Psychology, room 214; Educational Management and Development, room 218; Learning Resource Center, Curry Room. The Educational Research Center and the Rural Educational Technology Alliance have been moved to Computer Center, room 219.