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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1953, Image 6

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R 29007 FORWARD On a typical, peaceful, Sunday morning Paul Smith's students were abruptly startled from their sleep by shrill cries o f \FIRE! FIRE!” It was A p ril 27, 1952, a memorable day though not a happy one. A day that saw $150,000 dollars w o rth o f buildings and property belonging to the College go up in flames. First only smoke was discovered pour­ ing out of the roof of the Rec Hall, but soon reddish orange flames hurtled skyward and fille d the air w ith the smell o f burning wood. During the next few hours the students, faculty members and volunteer firemen joined forces to figh t the fire, and save w h a t littie equipment and materials they could before the buildings were entirely engulfed in flames. The holocaust raged onward fo r more than three hours. When it receded, all that re­ mained o f the 25 0 -fo o t building that housed the gymnasium, recreational hall, forestry rooms, snack bar, ski shop, and various offices and storerooms was a charred pile o f burned wood and twisted steel. 2

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