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Purdue University student dies in tragic house fire weeks before graduation

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Nov 19, 2013

Scott NotaryScott Notary was nearing the end of collegiate life. A Building and Construction Management major at Purdue University, the senior was just weeks away from receiving his diploma and relocating to Tennessee--most likely with his dog, Griffin, in tow--to start his career.

His dream was cut short on November 16, when Notary, 23, and his dog died in a house fire, according to a story in The Exponent. Two others were injured in the fire. The cause hasn't been confirmed.

Notary spent the evening with his friends and girlfriend before the couple retired for the evening at Notary's home in West Lafayette, Indiana, that he shared with others. His dog was locked in a crate at the foot of Notary's bed.

"The next thing I knew, I was standing outside," Notary's girlfriend told The Exponent. "I tried to wake up [Scott] but he wouldn't wake up. I had stopped breathing from the smoke." She was treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries. One of Notary's housemates escaped the fire by jumping from a window, according to the story.

Notary loved the outdoors in all its forms--fishing and hunting were some of his favorite activities, per his obituary. He was president of Purdue's student chapter of the Restoration Industry Association and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. "His good nature won him many friends and endeared him to all who knew him," states the obituary.

This incident serves as an unfortunate reminder that tragedies in residential settings can happen at anytime. Please make sure you have an escape plan in place and that it's practiced regularly. Review NFPA's Fire Safety Checklist for more information.

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