Deadly fires involving college students

  • Oct. 28, 2007: Six students from the University of South Carolina and one from Clemson University are killed in a fire at a house in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, where they had been spending the weekend. Six students in the house survived. 
  • Aug. 27, 2004: A fire that started in a basement bedroom of the Alpha Tau Omega house at the University of Mississippi kills three students. 
  • April 13, 2003: Five students from Ohio State University and Ohio University are killed in an off-campus apartment building in Columbus. The fire broke out after a birthday party for one of the victims.  
  • March 19, 2000: Three students from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania are killed in the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house.  
  • Jan. 19, 2000: Three students die and 62 are injured in the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
  • May 12, 1996: Five students die and three are injured at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill at Phi Gamma Delta fraternity the day before graduation. Investigators blame a cigarette tossed into a trash can.
  • Oct. 12, 1994: Five students at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania die after a sofa catches fire at Beta Sigma Delta fraternity house.
  • Sept. 8, 1990: Three University of California, Berkeley students die and two are injured at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. A visitor admits starting the fire while playing with a lighter.
  • Dec. 13, 1977: Ten students are killed in a fire at Providence College in RI.
  • Aug. 29, 1976: A fire believed to have been caused by careless smoking kills five Kappa Sigma fraternity members at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. 

Source: Campus Firewatch 

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