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Fire to close top floor of UNC dorm for months

Posted November 7, 2013
Updated November 8, 2013

UNC dorm on fire

— 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.


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  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Nov 7, 2013

    I'm so glad no one was hurt...the rest will get sorted out and this is UNC we're talking about; all these kids are service minded and will open their hearts and dorm rooms to the displaced students and I'm sure the school is doing everything possible to get them re-roomed. I can't imagine how the fire started, but as the mother of one of the students, I am forever grateful no one got hurt. Things can be replaced, people can't.

  • Killian Nov 7, 2013

    One of the girls has been crashing with my son and his roommate. They need to tell these students of their new housing assignments quickly, so the boys can have their beds back. They've been alternating who takes the floor. Gentlemen, yes, but she still needs her own place.

  • scubagirl2 Nov 7, 2013

    I hope some got hotel rooms, I knew this would happen. I also hope they don't find a student did this.