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Public Complex in flames on West Campus March 30

While flames spewed within the Public Complex, the Fire Department was responding when they received alert at 4:17 a.m. When Charles Miller learned of the incident, he took action.

“I called everybody I could,” he said.

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Emergency responders responded to a call at 4:17 am of a fire on Del Mar College’s West Campus.

Superintendent of physical facilities at Del Mar College, Miller learned of the fire early in the morning and did what he knew to do. The Fire Department arrived to take care of the fire on Del Mar College’s West Campus, but they couldn’t go inside. The cause of the fire is not yet known and is still under investigation.

“They (had to cut into it) so they could blow water in it,” said Kelly White, assistant director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management at DMC.

Cpt. Mike Tressider, one of the investigators on the case, said insulation was still smoldering. “(The fire) heated the tresses and it pushed that wall out,” he said.

At 10:15 or 10:30 a.m., a structural engineer is supposed to come by to check and make sure the building is safe so authorities can continue the investigation, Miller said.

“We have a great program here, so who knows,” said Chuck McKinny, interim dean of Business Industrial Public Safety Education (BIPSE). “If we lost equipment, we’ll have to replace it. … We’ll adapt.”

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Cayce Berryman is the Managing editor for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She has been with the Foghorn since the Fall of 2015 as one of the staff’s best writers and photographers. After Del Mar College, Cayce plans to continue her job as a freelance editor on the side. She hopes to continue down that road and earn her Creative Writing and English BA at Southern New Hampshire University. You can reach Cayce at cberryman@foghornnews.com or follow her on Twitter @CayceBerryman.

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