Winthrop University fire repair cost estimate at $4.5M

ROCK HILL, SC - ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Officials at a South Carolina university say a fire in a building that featured high-tech classrooms will cost at least $4.5 million to repair.

Winthrop University officials say it will cost $1.5 million to stabilize and clean Owens Hall and at least another $3 million to restore the three-story building. Officials say they have insurance.

University officials say estimates of damage to computers and other technology in the 18 classrooms are still being calculated.

Rock Hill fire officials investigating the cause of the March 6 blaze say they think it started accidentally.

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