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Winthrop fire: Mechanicals possible culprit

Mar 9, 2010 7:15:00 AM - thestate.com
Mac Leitner was in his car near downtown Rock Hill when he got a phone call that prompted an abrupt turn toward Winthrop University.

Crossing the Oakland Avenue bridge a few blocks from campus, Leitner looked up in the sky and saw smoke. A fire Saturday afternoon set ablaze the roof of Owens Hall, the three-story, $6.5 million academic building that Leitner?s company built in 2007.

For Leitner, the moment brought a feeling of instant sickness.

?We?re all sick about it,? he said. ?It was the prettiest building on campus. It?s just a very stately building.?

On Monday, Leitner joined others befuddled by the origins of the fire, which burned in Owens Hall?s attic for nearly a full day, demanding attention from dozens of firefighters and the use of 1.2 million gallons of water.

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