Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-11-091
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VOLUME 51. ISSUE 34 FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 9. 1990 T 1 E it ks n N i JLVJJLJiL WEBER STATE COLLEGE Fire roars through Union Building Gallery kitchen By Necia Palmer and Paul B. Johnson The Signpost staff The Union Building was cleared Thursday night as a grease fire and thick smoke roared through part of the Gallery kitchen. No one was injured in the incident, and an estimate of the damage has not been assessed, said Joly Walker, interim director of facilities. The fire began when the heating element in the fryers malfunctioned, heating the grease to the point of combustion. Walker said the elements are approximately 20 years old. The building's automatic fire alarm rang at 550 p.m. The evacuated crowd stood outside and watched as at one point smoke plumed from the roof. At least six fire-fighting units, including two engine crews, arrived minutes later, and the fire was contained by 6:30 p.m. Marlyse Anderson, a Marriott Corporation employee, was working in the kitchen when the fire began. She noticed the heat of the flames melted several plastic containers hanging near the fryers. Another employee, Jeff Condie, attempted to subdue the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful because the fire continued to re-ignite due to the extreme heat. Walker then arrived on the scene, and was joined by Kent Kier-nan of the WSC Police Department in trying to smother the fire with a dry chemical extinguishers. The heat triggered the kitchen's automatic fire extinguisher system, dumping its chemicals until the system was exhausted. Meanwhile, the fire continued to burn. "At that point, we said let's get out of here, we can't put it out,'" Walker said, adding that the smoke had filled the room. The city fire-fighters then arrived and attempted to use dry chemical extinguishers, but also found them to be ineffective. Firefighter Brad Johnson said they then used carbon-dioxide-based extinguishers, which he said were effective because of their special i i - M ... H IT f : "j-' f i-i i 1: ' 4 . 1 BRIAN SCHIELErHfSGNPCXST THE FIRE BEGAN at approximately 6 p.m. and burned for at least a half hour until It was contained. There are no damage estimates yet. The cause of the fire was the malfunction of a 20-year-old heating element. cooling and smothering agents. The fire was contained within the grill area, which was blackened and charred. Ceiling tiles hung in shreds, and the white powder of the extinguishers coated the floor and counters. Although Walker said damage estimates have not been made, there's enough damage to keep the Gallery closed today. Marriott Corporation's Tony Nawrocki said in lieu of the regular menu the Gallery will offer an"all-you-can-eat" cold cut buffet and salad bar today. Nawrocki said everything should be back to normal by Monday. Bob Callahan, UB custodian, said he was impressed with the timely manner in which the crowd evacuated the building. He said the only people he had difficulty with were a few persistent staff members of The Signpost. He estimated that at the time upwards of 500 people were attending the Harvest Bazaar, a crafts fair that continues throughSaturday. "T - - i rt FIRE AND POLICE crews survey the damage caused by the blaze. immia&titGmB News o Weber fashion show takes off on runway Arts t c Poets called for Emphasis Week Sports (3 Cross-country team faces chamlonsNp competition One year after wall falls East and. West Germany try fo solve problems of reunification By Jared Johnson Staff writer of The Signpost It was exactly one year ago today that the Berlin Wall came crashing down and East Germany took its first step on the path of democracy. In order to commemorate this special event, as well as the month-old reunification of Germany, an open hour panel discussion explores some of the issues of reunification. Dr. Richard Eberle of the WSC Department of History said the "one single thing (that) allowed reunification of Germany" was Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of perestroika. Per-estroika is basically the Russian term for allowance of political protests. Eberle also gave a brief history of Germany beginning with World War I and continuing through the original division of Germany after World War II until the recent reunification. According to Herwig Glander, a member of the German consul based in Salt Lake City, the reunification of Germany is a "great (See GERMANY page 2) DANIEOE MA8Yrf SKiMKXT LT. COL HARTMUT GIESLER spoke Thursday of German reunification.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-11-09, Vol. 51, No. 34|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|