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McCrory: Fire in state building further proof system is broken

Posted January 14, 2013

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— At his first press conference last week, Gov. Pat McCrory announced that he and his transition team had found big problems with state building maintenance and the state information technology system.

The two issues merged Friday when a fire broke out in a first-floor server room in the government's Administration Building on Jones Street.

"As I said last week, 'We've got to put out some short-term fires.' I didn't mean it literally," McCrory said Monday after visiting the site with Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge and Chief Information Officer Chris Estes.

The fire started after a backup power supply overheated and started burning wires in a room that appeared to be a converted broom closet, Estes said.

"You've got a building that wasn't really designed for today's technology," Estes said. "So, it's been adapted, and unfortunately, in the speed to adapt, it wasn't really done with the right ventilation, and that's what caused the issue."

The fire was quickly extinguished by Capitol Police. Restoration crews cleaned up the site over the weekend, but the smell of smoke and burned plastic were still strong Monday.

McCrory said it proves his point that building maintenance and a crumbling IT infrastructure are two of the state's biggest problems.

"This building could have been destroyed, and we could have had loss of life," McCrory said. "That's how broken the system is right now, and this is one of the better buildings that we have in state government."

He pledged to work with his staff to check for similar problems in other buildings and to find money for repairs where they're needed.

"Before we build any new buildings, we've got to take care of some of the existing buildings and make sure they're, first, safe for employees, and make sure we have sufficient security in place for information systems."

Daughtridge didn't yet have an estimate of the cost of the damage from Friday's fire. The state's computer network was not affected.

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  • jenforthewin Jan 16, 3:41 p.m.

    "I think Governor McCrory is like so many people when they first start working for the state: everything seems antiquated and illogical."

    Exactly! I thought I had time warped into the 1950s or something.

  • jgilchr Jan 15, 4:40 p.m.

    At the heart of the broken system beyond Art Pope and McCronyism is the fact that this state is now in the pocket of Duke Energy. They were just let off the hook by the utilities commission on the merger, they will raise your rates,and coming soon you will an assault on the environment and clean energy on their behalf.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 15, 4:34 p.m.

    It's Bev's fault.

    Everything for the next decade that goes wrong is our first, and last, female Gov's fault.

  • golorealist Jan 15, 4:09 p.m.

    it's interesting how the new republican governor's top priority upon taking office appears to be finding ways to spend more money.

  • SMAPAEA Jan 15, 3:55 p.m.

    I wish my new boss had given me a raise when he started.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 15, 3:54 p.m.

    No, Mr. McCrory, the system is broken when you want to stop spending money except where your cabinet members are concerned. An 8% increase? Are you kidding me with this? Who's going to pay for it. Any decent person would turn that down like someone did in Ms. Perdue's term. I remember it well.

  • SMAPAEA Jan 15, 3:54 p.m.

    Spot on!!
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Substantial raises for patronage jobs, but ignore the everyday workers.

  • krimson Jan 15, 3:35 p.m.

    Infrastructure burns while McCrony in office... FAIL!

  • iron fist Jan 15, 3:10 p.m.

    If the government is involved its broken

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2:57 p.m.

    ALL I HAVE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THE WHILE IT SITUATION WITHIN STATE GOVERNMENT IS AS FOLLOWS ONE WORD WILL DESCRIBE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM FOR SURE AN IT IS THE BECON PAYROLL SYSTEM ENOUGH SAID THANK YOU

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