Monday, April 08, 2002

Students flee dorm blaze at DePauw

The Associated Press

        GREENCASTLE, Ind. — More than 300 students were evacuated from their rooms Sunday when a fast-moving fire tore through one of the oldest residence halls at DePauw University.

        School officials said 116 students escaped from historic Rector Hall after fire broke out about 7:45 a.m. Students in two adjacent buildings also were evacuated as a precaution. None of the 330 students were harmed, authorities said.

        “The first thing they did was make sure all the students got out, and all the students did get out,” said Russell Evans, deputy director of Putnam County Emergency Management.

        Two firefighters suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, university spokesman Ken Owen said.

        It was unclear what sparked the fire.

        The fire apparently began on the fourth floor, where ceilings collapsed. The blaze also burned through the building's roof.

        Damage estimates were not immediately available.


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