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BIG FIRE AT M. A. C.
New Administration Building and Several Dormitories Burned
Special Dispatch to the American
Hyattsville, Md., November 29 — A disastrous fire broke
out in the Maryland Agricultural College shortly before
mid-night. Before it was finally brought under control,
the new Administration Building was destroyed, together
with the two dormitories.
The adjoining buildings were saved after hard work through
the efforts of the firemen from Hyattsville and employees
The fire broke out in the attic while guests attending a dance
were at supper.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but is presumed to have
happened account crossing of wires. The new building was
erected in 1904 at a cost of $60,000. It is said to be
insured. The old building cost in the neighborhood of
$300,000 and was partly insured. Owing to lack of water
facilities, the fire spread with great rapidity.
The new administration building housed about 185 students,
all of whom got out safely, and the old building contained
about an equal number of cadets. Possibly all of the records
of the college were gotten out of the building. The building
contained the president's office, the treasurer's office and
the board of trustees' office, besides the assembly hall.
Owing to the fact that it is the holiday season, many of the
cadets were away and their property was destroyed. The total
loss is estimated by officials of the college at $150,000,
covered by insurance. Two fire companies from Washington arrived
after midnight, but the buildings were too far gone for them to
be of any service. They came out on Baltimore and Ohio trucks.
The campus in front of the destroyed building is filled with
furniture, etc., removed from the burning building and a large
crowd from the surrounding country is watching the flames.
Temporary quarters for the students will be provided in Science
Hall and other buildings.