Crews brought in scaffolding this morning and prepared to climb the roof of Owens Hall, where they will begin peeling off shingles damaged in a weekend fire.

The work marked the start of efforts to restore Winthrop University’s $6.5 million academic building, a process that will keep Owens closed until the fall.

School officialshope to have damage estimates in the next day or so. Information technology workers must determine the extent of damage to computers and other equipment in the three-story building, which opened in 2007.  From the