Dorm Fire Forces Students to Evacuate

Any time there is a fire in a high rise dorm, it's a scary situation for all concerned.

Freshman Sally Mann told 27 NEWSFIRST, "I was sleeping, and all of a sudden all the alarms were going off and everyone was running outside. You could smell smoke in all the stairwells."

But now the goodnews. Richmond Fire Marshall Mark McFerron says, "It was a small fire controlled easily by the sprinkler system. There is some water damage to some of the floors beneath, but no one was injured. Everybody got out safely."

Students residents in the Commonwealth dorm who went home for the weekend though are not going to like what they find when they return.

Fire Marshall McFerron says, "They're in for a terrible surprise. Unfortunately, there's quite a bit of electronics that you keep around being a student, computers and stuff, and they are in for a surprise."

Especially those who didn't sign up for insurance.

Sally Mann cautions, "If you sign the papers, you get it. I know when McGregor Hall flooded, a lot of people forgot to sign the papers so all of their damaged books and everything, nothing got paid for."

EKU officials have not confirmed that, but some families homeowner's insurance will pay for thing damaged at school.


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  • by David Location: Tennessee on May 1, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    The school will do more to protect your kids than the apartment owners. There are more problems (including fires)in apartments than in dorms, and the school is more likely to be held accountable.
  • by Billy Location: Pikeville, KY on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    Is it safe to send our kids to dorms these days? There are too many things going on at dorms which the University can't control. Is it better to have them in an apartment close to the University? I wish I knew what to do. The school needs to take precautions. They need to update and check the dorms frequently for safety and some of those dorms are pretty old. They need to be checked every semester. Those kids pay a lot of money to go to school, the least the school can do is make it a safe, friendly and a nice place to stay while at school.

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