The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

State News

October 10, 2013

ISU fire cleanup under way

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — About four dozen residents have been moved to temporary housing, and cleanup efforts are under way at an Indiana State University apartment complex, the site of an apartment fire Tuesday morning.

No one was injured in the fire, which occurred in a fourth-floor apartment on the south wing of Unit 4, located near First and Crawford streets across from Fairbanks Park and just off South Third Street.

As of Wednesday, ISU did not yet have a firm estimate on damages or cleanup costs, said Amanda Knerr, executive director of residential life. “We should be getting those in the next day or so.”

EDS, an out-of-state firm which specializes in fire, smoke and water damage restoration, arrived Wednesday morning. “The entire crew arrived and began work by 10:30 or 11 a.m. They are already making great progress,” Knerr said late in the afternoon.

ISU facilities staff members also were involved and worked to remove some of the water.

The fire was contained to the one apartment, which fire officials described as a total loss. Other apartments on the fourth and third floors had smoke and water damage.

The fire was accidental, according to Brett Doan, assistant chief with the Terre Haute Fire Department. Occupants of the apartment that caught fire had been burning incense in a small bedroom and were not home when the fire started.

About 48 residents — including students, families and partners — were temporarily relocated, Knerr said. All residents of the south wing were asked to move out.

While most of the damage occurred on the third and fourth floors, as a precaution, residents on the first and second floors also were temporarily relocated to air out the apartments and to assist with cleanup.

Families moved to other apartments in the same housing complex (no families were split up), while single students either relocated to other apartments or to residence halls on the main campus.

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