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PFT fire causes temporary resident relocation


Editor’s note: this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor’s note: a previous version of this story stated residents in 30 rooms were relocated. 30 total residents were relocated. The Herald regrets this error.

A grease fire began in a kitchen on the 14th floor of Pearce Ford Tower at approximately 10:45 p.m. last night, causing 30 residents to temporarily relocate to Douglas Keen Hall.

Jace Lux, WKU media spokesperson, confirmed via email that all rooms on the 14th floor and some additional rooms on the 12th floor had water on the floor due to the sprinkler systems extinguishing the fire.  

According to HRL, all residents were evacuated by approximately 11 p.m.

At approximately 12:25 a.m., HRL notified residents it could take three to five hours for cleanup from the fire extinguishment to occur. At approximately 12:45 a.m., the 30 affected residents by the water collected their necessary belongings and temporarily relocated to DK.

PFT was opened back up to all other residents at approximately 2:15 a.m.

All residents who relocated to DK can return to their rooms in PFT today.

Assistant News Editor Ali Costellow can be reached at [email protected].

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