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Archive for Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fire prompts McCollum Hall evacuation

A trash can with smoldering materials is the cause of a two-alarm fire at a KU residence hall.

December 13, 2008, 7:24 p.m. Updated December 13, 2008, 10:16 p.m.

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Students evacuated Kansas University’s McCollum Residence Hall on Saturday night after a two-alarm fire was reported.

At 6:17 p.m., heavy smoke was reported on the ninth floor of the building’s west wing. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to the scene.

KU Police Sgt. Robert Linzer said the smoke dissipated quickly, no one was injured and no property damage occurred.

The fire started in a five-gallon trash can, Linzer said. Officials are still investigating whether the fire was accidental or intentional.

Students, who stood outside the building waiting to get back into their dorm rooms, said smoke filled the ninth floor and traveled down to the seventh floor.

“There was smoke all over,” KU freshman and ninth-floor resident Trevor Marshall said.

Comments

maxcrabb 6 years ago

This may be the first fire alarm sounded at a KU dorm for an actual fire emergency!I wonder if anyone tried to hide... (however, it was very nice out today!)

worker_bee 6 years ago

poor freshmen, displaced while studying for their first finals!

introversion 6 years ago

If their freshman year was anything like mine, they'd be in the double digits with fire alarms by this point in the year. Im sure they're used to it.

alm77 6 years ago

Didn't they replace the alarms with the ones that spray ink on your hand when you sound it? I thought one of the RA's told me that....

introversion 6 years ago

well, whats more important than an RA telling you that is that you believed it.

jedifunk 6 years ago

Wait, wait - you're telling me that for once an alarm went off in the res halls and there was ACTUALLY A FIRE?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years ago

"Didn't they replace the alarms with the ones that spray ink on your hand when you sound it?"Yes. Twenty-five years ago.

del888 6 years ago

"Students, who stood outside the building waiting to get back into their dorm rooms, said smoke filled the ninth floor and traveled down to the seventh floor." The smoke traveled DOWN! Hummm.....

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