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Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

Student project may have caused fire in U-M North Campus building

By John Counts


The Art and Architecture Building on North Campus.

Courtesy of the University of Michigan

  • Update: The fire started when wax used to make molds for art pieces caught fire inside a kiln, the Detroit Free Press reported. It spread from the kiln to to walls.

The Ann Arbor Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the Art and Architecture Building on the University of Michigan's North Campus at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire was extinguished by 7:05 p.m., according to U-M police. At 7:25 p.m., officials were still asking people to avoid the area until the scene was cleared.

There were no reported injuries. Diane Brown, spokeswoman for U-M police, said the extent of damages is not known at this point.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental, though fire officials are still in the beginning stages of investigation.

"I think it was a student project," Brown said.

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

News Headline: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENTS RE-DISCOVER FIRE! Mankind's most ancient equation: Students + Student Project = Fire. Dave Brandon proudly annonces in this morning's news conference: "The Flaming Block M is our new brand logo."


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

Doggone that wax!!! it melts every time. DUUUUUUUH.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

Student project? What was the objective of the project? Why fire is hot?


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 5:21 a.m.

But is it Art?


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 1:21 a.m.

Sounds like a quick response and hopefully quick resolution. No injuries - but perhaps this may affect someone's grade.