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Fire Displaces Seven Students

[CCFS News Reporter]  [February 15, 2013 4:39 pm ]  [Views 687]


IUP: Fire Displaces Seven Students

Newburyport, Massachusetts – February 14, 2013.


On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, fire in an off campus housing apartment near Indiana University of Pennsylvania displaces seven students.  Fortunately there were no fatalities nor were there injuries.  At the time of the fire, at approximately 10:00 p.m., none of the students were home.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the State Police spokesperson declined to comment on the status of their investigation. 


The students were very lucky, according to research as performed by the Center for Campus Fire Safety, most campus fire fatalities occur in off campus housing.  Since January of 2000, 82 fatal fires have been documented that occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing within 3-miles of the campus – claiming a total of 119 victims:


  • 69 fires have occurred in off-campus housing claiming 100 victims
  • 7 fires have occurred in on-campus building or residence halls claiming 9 victims
  • 6 fires have occurred in Greek housing claiming 10 victims


Of the 82 fires documented:


  • 14 were intentionally set claiming 22 victims
  • 36 were accidental – includes cooking, candles, smoking or electrical claiming 50 victims
  • 32 of the fires the cause was never determined – or the cause was not available at press time. These fires claimed 48 victims.






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