Students evacuated after fire at University of Maine fraternity

Orono and Old Town fire department personnel respond to a report of a fire at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono on Friday evening.
Orono and Old Town fire department personnel respond to a report of a fire at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono on Friday evening.
Posted April 12, 2013, at 11:03 p.m.
Last modified April 12, 2013, at 11:46 p.m.
Students huddle outside the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono after being evacuated due to a fire in the building Friday evening.
Students huddle outside the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono after being evacuated due to a fire in the building Friday evening.
Orono and Old Town fire department personnel respond to a report of a fire at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono on Friday evening.
Orono and Old Town fire department personnel respond to a report of a fire at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue in Orono on Friday evening.

ORONO, Maine — A fire Friday evening at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on College Avenue forced the evacuation of about 20 students, according to reports from University of Maine police. Old Town and Orono fire departments responded to a report of sprinklers being set off at the fraternity and traffic on College Avenue was still blocked off at 11:30 p.m.

Orono fire Lt. Scott Luciano said that firefighters found a small fire on the third floor, which includes some student living space and an attic. Officials don’t know the cause of the fire, but are currently investigating, he said.

Fire department officials are working with UMaine to find alternate living arrangements for the affected students, who might be allowed back into the building as early as tomorrow, Luciano said. Officials were letting students go back into the fraternity to bring out sleeping bags and other personal items. No injuries were reported and the fire damage was reportedly minor.

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