Late night fire destroys storage building equipment at research station, no injuries

A fire late Tuesday night at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center caused no injuries, but destroyed a large storage building and farm and research equipment. A preliminary estimate puts the value of the damage at more than $1 million.

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Fire began around 11 p.m. Tuesday

No injuries reported

Preliminary loss estimates at greater than $1 million

FAYETTEVILLE, — A fire late Tuesday night at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center caused no injuries, but destroyed a large storage building and farm and research equipment. A preliminary estimate puts the value of the damage at more than $1 million.

The fire began around 11 p.m., with the Fayetteville Fire Department responding. The cause of the fire is unknown.

“In our initial survey this morning, it appears we not only lost the shed, but also two plot combines, one full-sized combine and two planters,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System. “We also lost some smaller, more specialized research equipment and supplies.”

The property on Garland Avenue  is part of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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