A fire Wednesday badly damaged Campbellsville University’s H&W Sport Shop Ronnie Hord Fieldhouse.
Men’s soccer coaches Adam Preston and Alex Adams were the first to find the fire, at about 1 p.m. in the locker room storage and laundry area. A water heater exploded, WKYT reported.
The fieldhouse was dedicated to former Tiger and longtime supporter Ronnie Hord, university officials said. Hord, the former owner of H&W Sport Shop in Campbellsville, started a partnership with the university in 1969. H&W Sport Shop has been a corporate sponsor for many years.
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The Taylor County Fire Department doused the fire quickly, athletics director Rusty Hollingsworth told The Associated Press.
“It’s a sad thing,” Hollingsworth said. “This has been a great building for this university for a long time. We had people in this community come over to watch games here, and at one time it was married student housing.”
Otto Tennant, vice president for finance and administration, told WKYT that the university must decide whether to “rebuild, or tear down and start anew.”
No injuries were reported.