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Officials: Duke Dorm Fires Intentionally Set

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DURHAM, N.C. — 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