Fire to close top floor of UNC dorm for months
Posted November 7, 2013
Updated November 8, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials said Thursday that the top floor of a dormitory will remain closed until at least next summer following a Tuesday fire.
The fire started in the northwest corner of the attic of Cobb Residence Hall, at 110 Country Club Road, and filled the building's fourth floor. There were no injuries, but parts of the 61-year-old building sustained smoke and water damage.
It took more than an hour for firefighters from three fire departments to get the blaze under control.
UNC officials said the fourth floor would remain closed during the rest of the fall and spring semesters, which displaces 76 students. All have been reassigned to other university housing.
Students will be able to return to their rooms on the other three floors of Cobb Hall as soon as building inspectors allow it, officials said.
Crews continued to clean up the smoke and water damage on Thursday, and they planned to collect and return the belongings of students from the six most-damaged rooms.
Investigators believe an electrical problem caused the fire, although the exact cause hasn't been cited. Officials don't yet have a damage estimate.
According to UNC's Housing and Residential Education website, Cobb is home to about 400 students living in single, double and triple rooms on four floors. The building was built in 1952 and renovated in 2005, according to the website.