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Small fire in laundry room at Stark Residence Hall Sunday night


DENTON — The Stark Hall residence tower on the Texas Woman’s University Denton campus was evacuated Sunday night after a small fire in the basement laundry room sent smoke through several floors of the building.

The sprinkler system in the laundry room extinguished the fire within minutes. There were no injuries to anyone in the building and no damage to the structure other than the laundry room. One resident was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for a non-related medical condition.

“All of our systems worked,” said Dr. Robert Neely, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our fire alarm, smoke detection and sprinkler systems activated as they should have. Our students and staff followed the evacuation procedures they have been taught, and the outcome was the best we could have wished for under the circumstances.”

The TWU Department of Public Safety received an automated fire alarm from Stark Hall and an emergency call from a resident assistant in the building at around 10:15 p.m. The Denton Fire Department was called at that time. The first DPS officer arriving on the scene saw students evacuating the building and found smoke coming from the laundry room.

Residents were allowed to return to Stark Hall around 11:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Denton Fire Department.

Stark Hall opened in 1967. The 21-story residence hall currently houses 649 students, including resident student staff. Residents are not required to check in or out of the building, so the exact number of individuals in Stark Hall at the time of the fire is not known.

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page updated 5/9/2016 4:58 PM