Fire hits dumpster near Units

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May 14, 2009

9:34 AM

A fire erupted in a move-out dumpster between Units L and M at approximately 4:05 a.m. Thursday. Several students called the Campus Police and an adjacent blue light was pressed.

Such dumpsters, approximately 25 feet long, are placed around campus during finals to accept trash generated by students moving out of campus housing.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was first spotted by a male student from Unit L.

Police and fire department personnel arrived quickly. By the time of their arrival, bystanders reported multiple explosions within the dumpster. Debris, expelled by the explosion, allegedly nearly hit three students.

Firefighters opened the end of the dumpster and began watering the flame at its base. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters and police remained until there were no traces of the fire left. The crowd began to disperse at approximately 4:20 a.m.

The fire department has not yet announced how the fire was started. No one was harmed and no buildings were threatened by the flames.

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