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Firefighters put out structure fire at Sigma Chi fraternity

Flames and smoke show on the third floor of the Sigma Chi house, near 14th and Tennessee streets, just before noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Flames and smoke show on the third floor of the Sigma Chi house, near 14th and Tennessee streets, just before noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

August 26, 2014, 2:31 p.m. Updated August 26, 2014, 2:31 p.m.

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Fraternity fire near 14th and Tennessee streets

Smoke and flames showing at Sigma Chi house, near 14th and Tennessee streets, just before noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Enlarge video

Firefighters responded to a fire at Sigma Chi fraternity house, 1439 Tennessee St., just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews had the fire under control by 12:30 p.m. and out by 1:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Earlier, smoke and flames were coming out of the southwest side of the house after reports of a fire on the third floor. Members of the fraternity said the area affected held a bathroom and bedrooms.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Shaun Coffey said 10 firefighting units responded.

Rueben Perez, director of Kansas University’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center, said the fraternity, which houses 74 residents, was lucky the fire happened during the day. Tuesday was the second day of classes at KU.

“Fortunately, with it being during the day, most of the students were out of the house and in classes,” Perez said. “I know the president is telling them now that unless this was your room, go to class.”

Tennessee Street from 14th to 17th streets was closed as firefighters investigated but reopened at about 2 p.m. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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