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Memorial Hall steeple repair, 1992

Posted on December 18, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Charles Cunliffe, left and David Roberts, both UK Physical Plant employees worked to repair the lightning rod on top of the steeple on Memorial Hall on September 18, 1992. The tower was struck by lightning during an early morning storm. Firefighters returning from a false alarm on the UK campus about 3:30 a.m. smelled smoke as they neared their Scott Street station. They looked around and spotted a red glow coming from the copper-covered steeple atop Memorial Hall across the street. Lightning had apparently struck the landmark building, bent the lightning rod and set the tower on fire.  Firefighters climbed to the top of the steeple and spread tarps so water from their hoses would trickle off the roof and not damage the building's interior. The fire was quickly extinquished. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Charles Cunliffe, left and David Roberts, both UK physical plant employees, worked to repair the lightning rod atop the steeple on Memorial Hall on Sept. 18, 1992. The tower was struck by lightning during an early-morning storm. Firefighters returning from a false alarm on the UK campus about 3:30 a.m. smelled smoke as they neared their Scott Street station. They looked around and spotted a red glow coming from the copper-covered steeple across the street. Lightning apparently had struck the landmark building, bent the lightning rod and set the tower on fire. Firefighters climbed to the top of the steeple and spread tarps so water from their hoses would trickle off the roof and not damage the building’s interior. The fire was quickly extinquished. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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