Dorm Fire Displaces Students
Residents of the Sarah E. Clement Residence Hall were temporarily displaced after a fire occurred March 29 in a third floor dorm room. One resident was treated and released for mild smoke inhalation at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Greenville fire officials.
Clement Hall reopened to its 335 residents March 30, although the third floor remained closed to occupants. Students who lived on that floor were able to retrieve their belongings and be relocated to other rooms in Clement or on campus.
Residents of all floors except for the third floor received $40 from ECU’s Division of Student Life discretionary fund. Because of the level of damage to dorm rooms on the third floor, residents on that floor received $200 each.
“Thank you for your calmness during this situation, and for your patience as the staff worked out a solution,” said Garrie Moore, ECU vice chancellor for Student Life. “You did a fantastic job of making a bad situation good.”
ECU officials held a meeting with the displaced students March 30. Representatives from campus departments, including Housing, the Ombuds office, Counseling Services, Student Health, Environmental Health and Safety and the ECU Police, were present to answer student questions.