UVA Practice Facility’s Roof Burns

The University of Virginia’s enormous, under-construction sports practice facility on Emmett Street caught fire yesterday, every area media outlet reports, sending up an enormous column of black smoke that was visible all over town. A layer of rubber atop the roof appears to have been lit by a contractor’s errant blowtorch, starting a fire that spread over a good chunk of the roof and created a challenging situation for responding fire crews to deal with. The $13M structure was slated for completion in August of next year, though presumably that will be pushed back now.

1 Response to “UVA Practice Facility’s Roof Burns”


  • How was it errant if they were intentionally using the torch to cut through the roof? The error was in the contractor or engineer’s plan of action, not in the aim of the blowtorch.

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