Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Fire engulfs GU student housing; new complex had been scheduled to open in July

the Inland Register

(From the March 16, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

No injuries were reported in a fire that struck Gonzaga University’s new Kennedy Apartments early Monday, March 13, causing severe damage to the facility that had been scheduled to open in July. At press time, the cause of the blaze was unknown and under investigation. Gonzaga students are on spring break until March 20.

Firefighters and at least eight fire trucks battled the blaze into the early morning at the $10.4 million, 225-bed apartment complex for upper-division Gonzaga students. The structure sits on the city block bounded by Pearl and Ruby streets and Boone and Sharp avenues.

Gonzaga officials at the scene said the brick and wood structure was fully engulfed at one point. The fire was estimated to have begun at approximately 12:05 a.m., Monday.

The student housing complex, which had been scheduled to open in July, included such amenities as enhanced security hardware such as card-swipe building access, some covered parking, four levels of glass “sky” bridge to wings, and a fifth-floor sun room with patio style furniture.

The building is named in honor of Duff Kennedy, former chair of the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, and his late wife Dorothy Kennedy of Seattle. The general contractor for the project was Walker Construction.

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