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Officials: Duke Dorm Fires Intentionally Set

Posted May 10, 2004

— Some Duke University students were forced to evacuate a dormitory Sunday because of a small fire.

Authorities said it was the second time in less than a month that students were been evacuated from House E in Duke's Craven Quadrangle due to a fire.

Major Phyllis Cooper said Duke police officers found a poster in a third-floor hallway on fire when they responded at 2:28 a.m. Sunday. The fire caused minor damage to the hallway, and no injuries were reported.

Students in House E also were evacuated April 22, when a fire broke out in the men's second-floor bathroom. A Duke police officer was treated at Duke Hospital's Emergency Department for smoke inhalation and then released as a result of that fire.

Both fires appear to have been deliberately set, Cooper said.

Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call Duke Police Lt. Davis Trimmer at

684-4713.

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