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3 Students Die in Frat House Fire

August 30, 2004

Fire at Fraternity House at the University of MississippiThe Associated Press reported that a fire swept through a fraternity house at the University of Mississippi early Friday, killing three students during the first week of classes. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, we are reminded about serious threat of fires on campus. All students, faculty and staff are urged to learn about the ways to prevent fires.

What are some of the causes of fires on campus?
  • Cooking, smoking and arson are among the leading causes.
  • Candles, halogen lamps, extension cords also contribute.
What can students do to prevent fires and protect themselves?
  • Know and practice fire safe behaviors by identifying hazards and using appropriate preventative measures.
  • Be aware of the fire protection features (e.g. sprinklers, fire alarms, fire doors, exits, etc.) of their buildings.
  • Do not tamper with fire protection equipment, prop open fire doors or block exits.
  • While cooking, do not leave stoves unattended!!!
What do I do if there is a fire?
  • Everyone must evacuate when the fire alarm sounds.
  • Remove - you and others from the immediate area.
  • Alarm - Call University Police (911 or 632-3333) and/or activate the fire alarm.
  • Contain - Close (do not lock) doors.
  • Extinguish and/or Evacuate - use only one extinguisher.

For more information, please go to the EH&S Fire Safety web page.

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