# The dollar amount of disasters

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 June 2000

## Citation

Fitzsimmons, E. (2000), "The dollar amount of disasters", The Bottom Line, Vol. 13 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/bl.2000.17013bab.010

## Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

On 3 January, a tornado damaged 750 homes, toppled trees, and smashed cars in Owensboro, Kentucky. It also tore off half of the roof of the building that houses the library at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Twelve buildings on the 70-acre campus were damaged and the cost estimate is estimated at almost $5 million. Cabell County (W.Va.) Public Library's main facility in Huntington reopened 5 January, two days after a fire in the third-floor adult learning center destroyed a computer and filing cabinet, and water from fire hoses damaged books and carpeting on the second floor. Smoke and water damaged more than the actual fire. Preliminary estimates put the damages at about$100,000. Library Director Judy Rule, said the fire was apparently caused by a space heater that was left on over the holidays. Fortunately, the library was staffed when the fire broke out, it was discovered quickly and the fire department responded immediately.