Most of Bennington College building open after fire

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials at Bennington College hope to fully restore a building that was damaged by fire in late April.

The Bennington Banner reports that the college’s main administration building called the Barn sustained an estimated $250,000 in damage in the electrical fire.

A college spokeswoman says the first and second floors of the building are now open and accessible except for a damaged wing.

The H-shaped, two-story building that contained classrooms and offices was evacuated quickly after the April 30 fire was reported. No college employees or students were injured, but a firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Alex Dery Snider, director of media relations and public affairs at the college, says the college will be working on design and planning over the summer.

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