Underground fire damages Ohio State's telephone system
COLUMBUS – A number of Ohio State University faculty and staff will be without telephone service and data connection when they return to work Monday, as a result of a fire that occurred just after midnight Saturday morning (6/14). The fire occurred in an underground tunnel system on the south side of campus, which housed part of the university's communication network.
The Columbus Fire Department has extinguished the fire and permitted university technology officials to return to the space. There were no injuries.
Forty-four campus buildings will be impacted by the loss of data connection, including 16 residence halls (which will be vacant this summer), Wexner Center, Enarson Hall, Drinko Hall, Faculty Club, Page Hall and university offices at the Gateway complex. A full list of affected buildings is below.
The university is actively working to restore service, but data connection may be out as long as one week and telephone connectivity may take several weeks. Information technology officials will be utilizing alternative communications for those employees who have been impacted. Officials estimate that more than 5,000 telephone lines have been affected.
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