TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A fire at the Frank Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus is under control.
According to authorities, Tuscaloosa Fire Department crews and the UAPD were called to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Crews have been working to contain the fire for a couple of hours.
There’s no word on how the fire started, but fortunately no injuries are reported.
According to a tweet from Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, while fire crews continue to fight the blaze, teams are working to safely remove valuable assets inside the building. That includes most of the Million Dollar Band instruments and uniforms, which Maddox says were removed from the building.
Dr. Ken Ozzello, director of bands, said the most important thing is no students were there and everyone is safe.
Ozzello said when he got the call after the fire, he and others were able to get the uniforms moved. They weren’t burned or wet but they have serious smoke damage.
Ozzello said the damage is disheartening, but it was uplifting to see the entire UA team come together to help and do what they could Sunday night.
Statement from UA regarding Moody Music Building fire:
The University of Alabama is grateful for the quick and effective actions of the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service, the UA Police Department and UA facilities staff in response to a fire that began Sunday at Moody Music Building. Crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire on the roof of the building despite hazardous weather conditions.
The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage are still unknown. The fire appeared shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday in the roofing on the south wing west side of the building, home to the Million Dollar Band. Because the fire was in the roofing system, it is likely there is significant smoke and water damage.
The State Fire Marshall will conduct a thorough assessment in the coming days.