Fire That Destroyed UF Facility Ruled Accidental
A fire that reduced a popular and well-known University of Florida building to ashes and rubble is being ruled accidental, officials say.
The lead investigating agency -- the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement -- say the exact cause of the fire is still being determined.
One of the possibilities, according to the Division of State Fire Marshal's Office, is that the fire was a result of a control burn that got out of control.
Officials say around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, black smoke -- and then fire -- was seen coming from the Austin Cary Conference Building.
Fire crews used more than 20 thousand gallons of water, but were not able to save the building.
UF officials say the loss of the multi-purpose conference center will affect many.
The facility was built in 1987. Officials say it had replaced another building which was also destroyed by fire.
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