Fires Cause Damage To Dorms, B.C. Bus

Two dormitories were evacuated and a shuttle bus was damaged in three separate fires on the Boston College campus during the past week.

The first fire occured shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 in Fenwick Hall. According to Boston College Police Department reports, a halogen lamp set curtains on fire in a dorm room. Two residents who had been studying in the room escaped after trying unsuccessfully to contain the fire.

Police said one of the students, her eyes stinging from fire-extinguisher chemicals, was treated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton and released.

While the room sustained heavy damage from smoke and water, quick action by campus police officers in closing a fire door contained the spread of smoke and prevented widespread damage, according to BCPD Chief Robert Morse.

Students were evacuated from Fenwick Hall while the fire was extinguished by Newton firefighters.

Two days later, a cooking fire in an Ignacio Hall room filled the third floor with smoke and led to the evacuation of the building shortly before 10:30 p.m. A student had been cooking when a pan of oil on a stove caught fire and ignited a hood fan, police said. No injuries were reported.

Finally, on Jan 26, two students riding a University shuttle bus shortly after 6 p.m. escaped safely at the Walsh bus stop after the rear of the bus caught fire. The cause of the blaze, which was extinguished by Boston and Newton firefighters, is unclear, according to BCPD.

-Mark Sullivan

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