Fire, water damage university dorm

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire on the fourth floor of McIntosh Hall on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus Monday evening forced residents to evacuate the building for nearly two hours.

The fire was confined to a single piece of furniture -- a sofa chair -- in a room on the fourth floor, according to University Fire Department Battalion Chief Mitch Flynn. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire started at about 6:30 p.m. and activated the sprinkler head in the room, Flynn said. The sprinkler extinguished the fire.

While fire damage was minimal, Flynn said, the sprinkler system was on for about 15 to 20 minutes and sprayed about 4,500 gallons of water into the fourth floor.

''We probably had about a half inch to an inch of standing water in parts of it,'' he said.

It took about 90 minutes to mop up the worst of the water, Flynn said, and damage appeared to be contained to the fourth floor.

The room's resident, Tyler Cunningham, 18, was not in the room when the fire started.

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