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Students evacuate Few Quad Friday night due to small fire on resident’s bed

A small fire in a student’s room on the Few Quad GG third floor Friday night resulted in an evacuation of all Few residents. 

The fire was “a very small incident that was quickly contained,” wrote Vice President for Administration Kyle Cavanaugh in an email to The Chronicle. 

An investigation determined the cause of the fire. Sunlight reflected off a "concaved mirror" in the resident’s room and “caused items in that student’s duffle bag to smolder,” wrote Christopher Rossi, assistant vice president of student affairs, in an email to The Chronicle.

The fire was "not intentional and damage was minimal," according to Dean for Residence Life Debbie Lo Biondo. No one was injured, according to Rossi. 

Three Durham Fire Department trucks and several Duke University Police Officers arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m. 

At approximately 7:42 p.m., a Durham firefighter told The Chronicle that the fire was on a resident’s bed. 

Few residents received the “all clear” by 7:58 p.m. after firefighters had left the building. At this point, residents were able to re-enter their dorms. 

A previous fire occurred in Few Quad FF in February in a first floor laundry/vending room. 

Katie Tan contributed reporting. 

Kathryn Thomas | News Editor

Kathryn Thomas is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.


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