According to fire officials, the weekend dormitory fire that displaced more than 70 at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, was caused by students using a hibachi grill on the roof of the building. The
overnight fire took hours to put out, given the roof design and materials used in the construction. The Hanover Union Leader states that the blaze started at about midnight Saturday, and was not brought under control for hours.
State Fire Marshal Office investigators said the hibachi had been left unattended on a flat section of roof outside a dorm window. No one was hurt, but the fire left Morton Hall uninhabitable. In a statement, college official said the structure of the building was damaged, and it also suffered smoke and water damage. It will likely remain closed for the remainder of the term. All of the students have found housing. The displaced students are staying with friends in other residence halls, or Student Affairs personnel have helped them locate space in residence halls, the college said. NFPA’s College Campus Fire Safety tip sheet advises students about grilling restrictions, cooking safety, candle care, and the use of smoke alarms.
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