K-State computer systems largely back online following fire

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Published: Jun. 4, 2018 at 9:29 PM CDT
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Kansas State University says most of the campus' computer resources are functioning again - two weeks after a fire took them out and did heavy damage to Hale Library.

A May 22nd fire sparked by roof work was confined to the roof in the library's older section, but smoke and water damaged the entire building. It also took down K-State's online systems.

An update posted Monday said students, faculty and staff would conduct business as usual, but did offer a caution.

"With an increase in network activity starting (Monday), it is possible for stressed equipment to fail, which may cause temporary outages," an online update read. "Please be patient if an unplanned outage occurs. IT Services is monitoring all network equipment and continues to order and replace equipment as needed."

Hale Library remains closed. K-State says more than 175 workers from eight states are on-site assessing damage, cleaning up, and determining what can be salvaged. They say it could be several weeks before they have an accurate damage estimate.

K-States says testing and maintenance of their online networks continues. IT staff says electricity to the data center is "stabilized," but they plans for permanent power restoration remain in the works, along the process of installing replacement parts and equipment.

IT system updates continue to be posted


K-State continues to post updates on the Hale Library recovery efforts