Saint Michael's College Campus Townhouse Fire - February 17, 2014
At 3:28am on February 17, 2014, Saint Michael's Fire and Rescue responded in zero-degree temperatures to Saint Michael's College campus to a 100-series townhouse, already engulfed in flames. All students living in the area were safely evacuated. See below for news coverage of this fire.
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There was no time to spare when student firefighters from Saint Michael's Fire and Rescue squad showed up in zero degree temperatures at 3:36 a.m. early Monday to fight the first major structure fire on the St. Mike's campus that any student or veteran town firefighters could remember.
The fire, which was reported at 3:28 am, started in townhouse 105 and caused some damage to townhouses 101, 102, 103, 104 and 106 according to Peter Soons, director of Public Safety.
No one was injured in the fire.
“105 is pretty badly gutted,” Soons said. “The two neighboring apartments, 106 and 104, have some damage, because of the fire spreading into the wall.” For the most part though, the damage to the other townhouses was due to water and smoke damage.
"We had a report that fire was showing when the units arrived," Colchester Center Assistant Fire Chief Sandy Ladd said.
Alarms started going off at the dorm on St. Mike's campus around 3:30 a.m. Monday. Three students were inside. The state fire investigator says new smoke detectors using photoelectric technology saved their lives.