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Posted on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 : 9:59 a.m.

Crews extinguish bathroom fire at EMU dining hall

By John Counts

Update/correction: EMU police chief Bob Heighes said Friday evening the fire was ruled accidental and started when there was a spontaneous combustion between some chemicals and a mop head in a custodian's closet. The fire did not occurred in a bathroom, as originally reported.

Fire crews were called to Eastern Michigan University Friday morning around 8 a.m. for a blaze started in a men's restroom, officials said.

The Ypsilanti Fire Department extinguished the small fire in The Commons dining center, EMU police Chief Bob Heighes said.

The fire was in one of the lower levels of the building. The Commons and nearby Wise Hall were evacuated just for precautions, Heighes added, but students were soon let back in to both.

Ypsilanti fire officials were still at the scene around 10 a.m. investigating the cause.


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John Counts

Sat, Sep 7, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

EMU police chief Bob Heighes said Friday evening the fire was ruled accidental and started when there was a spontaneous combustion between some chemicals and a mop head in a custodian's closet. The fire did not occurred in a bathroom, as originally reported.

pugnacious

Sat, Sep 7, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

This most likely means emu has a small-time arsonist on campus. When I was in college back in the eighties, we had several small fires started in our dorm over the course of several months. It turned out to be one of the student-employees who stated the fires so that he could be the "hero" who found them before they got out of hand. One of the fires though, did get out of hand. He was arrested.

jrigglem

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 : 6:10 p.m.

Did they change the name? It used to be DC 1...that I maybe ate at once in my years there....

jrigglem

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

No edit? It should read I maybe ate there once..no that

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 : 2:37 p.m.

burritos for dinner last night?!? opah!

Solitude

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 : 2:09 p.m.

"...teacher don'tcha fill me up with your rules, everybody know that smokin' ain't allowed in SCHOOL..."