Historic dormitory burns, once belonged to troubled college


(John Spink /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Another former building of a historic Atlanta college has burned.

Atlanta Fire Rescue says it responded Wednesday night to the fire west of downtown. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fire engulfed Furber Cottage, a onetime Morris Brown College dormitory built in 1899. The college sold Furber and much of its remaining property in 2014 while in bankruptcy.

Firefighters say the structure was too unstable to enter. No injuries were reported and the cause is unknown.

Furber, along with three other buildings once part of Morris Brown, was listed in 2016 as among Georgia’s most endangered historic sites. Gaines Hall, another one of the four buildings listed, was damaged by fire in 2015.

Morris Brown lost its accreditation in 2002. The school remains open and is trying to regain accreditation.

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