A fire damaged parts of Patrick F. Taylor Hall at LSU last month, and a roofing contractor is being cited in the incident, The Advocate reports.
Though the fire didn’t cause structural damage, it did cause smoke and water damage, the newspaper reported. The fire started after a mop covered in tar ignited due to gusting winds.
“Investigators determined that the fire was caused when hot tar left on a mop ignited after the mop was improperly stored when employees of the roofing contractor … departed for the day,” Deputy Chief Brant Thompson of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release, according to The Advocate. “Gusting winds are believed to have fanned the smoldering tar until it ignited, burning a nearby cart that was used to move tar about the roof.”
Roof Technologies, Inc. is being cited with four violations by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.