|DORMITORY FIRE TRAGEDY AVERTED
NEWLY INSTALLED SPRINKLERS DO THE JOB
6 Dec. 2000 - This past January, there was a fatal fire
in a dormitory at Seton Hall University in New Jersey (U.S.).
Three young lives were lost and there were a number of injuries
As a result of efforts spearheaded by the NFSA and joined
by legislators, contractors, labor unions and others, the
State passed a law that now requires fire sprinklers in
all dormitories at colleges and universities.
Fortunately, the administration at Seton Hall University
had acted quickly. A small trash fire in the pre-dawn hours
forced the evacuation of more than 600 Seton Hall students
from Boland Hall on December 6th just hours after a school
celebration honored heroes of the tragic blaze that claimed
three lives in the same dormitory less than a year ago.
The fire broke out about 3:15 a.m. in a first-floor room
where students empty their garbage and was extinguished
almost immediately by sprinklers installed since the fatal
blaze in January. No one was injured, but students were
evacuated to a nearby cafeteria for three hours.
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