A fire broke out in a trash can in a first-floor laundry room at Heilman Dorm.
No one was hurt, and the fire was contained to that room.
The Raleigh Fire Department says a preliminary investigation indicates someone may have been smoking and tossed the lit cigarette into a garbage can.
The laundry room was gutted, and dorm rooms on the first floor sustained smoke damage.
There was no damage to the rooms on the second and third floor of the dorm. The campus news bureau says the first floor is expected to be reoccupied later in the day.
Parents of Meredith students who have questions can call919-760-8633for more information. andMichelle Singer
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