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Welding incident triggers fire at Campbell University construction site, official says

Welding incident triggers fire at Campbell University construction site

Campbell University said a fire at the construction site of the new student union caused no injuries and was brought under control quickly by Buies Creek firefighters.
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Campbell University said a fire at the construction site of the new student union caused no injuries and was brought under control quickly by Buies Creek firefighters.

A fire at the site of Campbell University’s new student union sent a plume of black smoke over the Buies Creek campus Thursday.

Campus spokeswoman Haven Hottel said no injuries were reported, and the fire quickly was brought under control by Buies Creek firefighters. The fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. and was likely from a welding incident on the construction site, she said.

“There were no students and only construction workers on the site,” she said. “The fires was pretty significant with a lot of smoke. It brought a lot of people out to watch.”

A Campbell tweet advised onlookers to avoid the area near the construction site for the rest of the day while fire investigators worked.

Construction of the building was set to be completed in December. Hottle did not have information about whether the fire would affect the construction schedule.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.
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