No Records Lost in UC Riverside’s Human Resources Fire

Fire crews extinguished an early morning fire at UCR’s Human Resources building. Photo by Lille Bose

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The Riverside Fire Department extinguished an early morning fire in the UC Riverside Human Resources building. No one was injured. No records were lost. A damage estimate is still being compiled.

Smoke billowed from the roof of the building on University Avenue Wednesday morning, Feb. 18, starting about 7:25 a.m. The fire was contained to an attic area. Multiple engines from the Riverside Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire by 8 a.m.

Most of the 31 employees of Human Resources have been temporarily relocated to University Extension, with a few at the Surge building. Some employees who worked on the first floor have been allowed to reenter the building to retrieve important papers, but the second floor was too heavily damaged in the process of fighting the fire to allow access, said Campus Fire Marshal Scott Corrin.

Most of the 31 employees of Human Resources have been temporarily relocated to University Extension, with a few at the Surge building. In this photo, employees are wearing hard hats to retrieve their belongings from the HR building.

Most of the 31 employees of Human Resources have been temporarily relocated to University Extension, with a few at the Surge building. In this photo, employees are wearing hard hats to retrieve their belongings from the HR building.

Emergency crews closed the 215 freeway briefly during the height of the fire, as well as surface streets immediately around the scene. But those roads were quickly reopened. The building remains protected. Fire authorities determined that the cause was electrical fire. This building was new in 1978 and the university occupied it in 1989, according to campus records.

“I want to thank our own police and fire experts, the Riverside Fire Department, our Human Resources employees and members of the community who were inconvenienced by this morning’s fire,” said Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “We have a plan in place to continue normal operations for Human Resources, including protecting documents and other computers and other business materials. “

Many of the functions of the Human Resources operation take place online. HR staff will be able to retrieve both email and phone messages. UCR employees who have a meeting scheduled in the HR building, should contact HR to schedule an alternate location.

“HR is committed to continuing to provide services to the campus,” said Jadie Lee, associate vice chancellor of human resources. “We appreciate the campus’ understanding as we determine next steps.”

She asked for patience as they work to get back to the routines of the workload.

 

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