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Firefighters extinguish fire in UNC dorm attic

Posted November 5, 2013 5:15 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2013 11:00 p.m. EST

— Firefighters put out a fire Tuesday in the attic of Cobb Dormitory on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Smoke could be seen billowing from chimneys of the building at dusk, and firefighters were able to reach the roof through an access hatch to begin knocking down the fire. By 6 p.m., they had it under control and were putting out hot spots.

Students, staff and university guests were asked to avoid the area in order to keep traffic congestion to a minimum. No one was injured.

Cobb is home to about 400 students living in single, double and triple rooms on four floors. University officials said they'd provide an alternative to any Cobb residents who needed it.