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Fifty Years Ago: The Nichols Gymnasium Fire


Fifty years ago, on the frigid night of Friday, December 13, 1968, Nichols Gymnasium erupted in flames. Firefighters faced 15 degree weather, insufficient water pressure and a stiff north wind as they tried to extinguish the blaze. The historic Kansas State University structure was reduced to a shell of walls, towers and a smoldering interior. The flames decimated the departments housed in the building at the time.

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