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Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at UK suspended

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

SAE fraternity members spent their weekend packing up and moving out.

"Everybody's just really upset, " said fraternity member Hughes Congleton,"It's just a big shock."

Authorities say the U.S. Fire Marshal closed the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house for the rest of the semester because of fire code violations and conditions inside the house..

The investigation stems from an incident that happened around 2 a.m. Saturday.

University police say 19 year-old fraternity member Shaun Dunn wrapped another member in toilet paper and set it on fire as a joke.

The carpet then caught fire and the smoke detectors went off.

"I'm pretty sure it was only between 3 people - the incident - nobody else even knew what was going on," said Congleton.

Police say when they along with the fire department arrived, the fire had been extinguished. They searched the house to make sure everyone was out.

"Police came into our rooms when were were sleeping and told us to go downstairs," said Congleton.

But police say one member refused.

20 year-old Joe Mckinley is accused of hitting an officer in the face after being told to leave his room.

Mckinley was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Dunn is charged with first degree arson, wanton endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence.

Congleton says they rest of the members were given 24 hours to get out of the house.

The national chapter has suspended the UK chapter, as members look for somewhere else to live.

"They say we can live in the dorms and stuff but we're not getting a lot of help from them, I feel like we're being treated unfairly." said Congleton.

The UK chapter will remain suspended until the investigation is completed.

Both the national organization and UK Police are conducting an investigation.


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