Curator: Plant, animal collection survived university fire
Pringle Herbarium Director David Barrington says the flames from Thursday's blaze came close to the collection cases, but the cases were protected by insulation in the walls.
The fire was started by construction workers soldering copper on the building's exterior.
Barrington says the building contained more than 300,000 plant samples, 600,000 insects and 100,000 animals.
The building was constructed in 1863 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Pringle Herbarium is the third-largest herbarium in New England and the world's largest repository of Vermont flora.
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