Purchase College Dorm Fire
UPDATE: The Purchase College dorms did not have fire sprinklers. According to reports, the fire started in a kitchen and rapidly spread to two other units.
Lohud.com reported, "The apartments on the campus' K Street don't have fire sprinklers. According to New York law, the building doesn't have to. New York began mandating fire suppression sprinklers in 1984, and then only in newly constructed college dormitories; older residential facilities have to add fire sprinklers only if they undergo major renovations approved by the state's Dormitory Authority."
Purchase -- A Purchase College dorm fire does not appear suspicious after reaching 4-alarms on Sunday.
"We'll have the full report in a couple of weeks...until then, there is no reason to think it's suspicious," said Betsy Aldredge, college spokesperson.
Firefighters from eight departments responded to the fire. They arrived to find heavy flames showing from the outside from the building. It took three water lines to work on the fire and over an hour to extinguish.
Two dozen students were displaced because of the fire at the "K-Street" dorm. The college is looking for permanent housing for the students.
A clothing and food drive is being organized for the students as well as an informational session.
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