UNCG Campus Weekly

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Building under construction destroyed by fire

More than 60 firefighters contained a 4-alarm structure fire at the Spartan Village construction site on Lee Street March 14. The fire, reported just after 9 p.m., destroyed an unoccupied apartment building under construction. No injuries were reported.

The vast majority of UNCG students were away from campus for Spring Break.

Phase 1 of Spartan Village was intended to house 800 students in four apartment-style buildings beginning August 2013. The damaged building represented about one-fourth of that housing capacity.

“The other three buildings were not affected and continue under their scheduled construction path,” Associate Vice Chancellor Michael Byers said yesterday. “Housing & Residence Life is working with students who were signed up to live in the affected building this August to get them reassigned.”

While firefighters worked to contain the fire Thursday night, university officials quickly sought to assist students residing in Lofts on Lee, university-owned housing located beside the scene of the fire. They had been evacuated as a precautionary measure. The students would not be able to return to their apartments until the fire at the construction site was extinguished and officials determined they could return.

UNCG Housing and Residence Life, within moments of the first notice of the fire, began coordinating with the Red Cross, UNCG Police and other university officials to assist any students who needed housing.

Over the next hour, two HRL staff members met with students at the EUC, three HRL staff members were at the UNCG Police Station, while four opened the Housing Office, preparing linens and making arrangements for rooms on campus that evening.

Some students stayed with family or friends. Twelve UNCG students were relocated to new housing on campus for the short term, says Chris Gregory, assistant director for Residence Life. UNCG Auxiliary Services provided funds to take care of their meals and laundry. The Lofts on Lee residents were able to return to their apartments Sunday at 5 p.m.

In a message to the campus community, Chancellor Linda P. Brady thanked the Greensboro Fire Department, as well as UNCG emergency responders, the Greensboro Police Department, and the Red Cross.

“Residence halls can be rebuilt, but human life is precious,” the chancellor said. “Together we will rebuild and continue to celebrate the strength of the UNCG community.”