ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — More than 100 students at UAlbany were forced to evacuate their dorm overnight after a small fire broke out. It happened on the third floor of the Oneida hall just before 1 a.m.
Fire investigators say it was contained to one room but did it trigger the sprinkler system.
All four floors had to be evacuated and students were moved to Mohawk Tower for the night as residence life works to find a permanent solution.
One student did suffer minor injuries and they were taken to Albany med for treatment.
Statement from the University at Albany
At 12:45 a.m. on 2/23/16 University Police responded to a report of a fire in Oneida Hall on Indian Quad on the Main Campus. On arrival there was an active fire on the third floor of the building contained to one room. Fire department personnel responded and put the fire out by 1:10 a.m.
The building houses approximately 120 students. All were evacuated from the residence hall. One student reported minor injuries and was transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
The fire caused the activation of the building’s sprinkler system. The building is not available for re-occupation at this time. Residential Life staff is arranging living accommodations for displaced students. Students displaced by the fire will also be given support and assistance as necessary.
UPD is working with fire department personnel to determine the cause of the fire.
Remember when local firefighters hosted a demonstration where they constructed a model dorm room and set it on fire right on campus? Students had quite the reaction.
“Wow, when you see that happen you hear a lot of stories about that and you can’t really imagine yourself being caught in that unless you see it up close,” student Bryan Urena said.