Student taken to hospital after fire at University of Guelph residence
Published Sunday, December 1, 2013 11:08AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, December 1, 2013 6:50PM EST
A 20-year-old male student was taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a University of Guelph student residence on Saturday night.
Firefighters were called to a room on the fourth floor of Dundas Hall (also known as East Residence) around 7:40 p.m.
Thirty-two students were evacuated from the building while crews extinguished the fire.
One student was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police say he’s being treated for smoke inhalation.
Two staff members were also taken to Guelph General Hospital but were later released.
Students who live in the residence have been given temporary accommodation. Late Saturday night they were allowed to return to their rooms to gather their personal belongings, including laptops and textbooks.
“Some of them may need more time to write their exams so we’re coordinating that too until we can get them back into their rooms,” says Brenda Whiteside, the assistant vice-president of student affairs.
The cause of the fire has not yet been released but Guelph Fire says there’s evidence that it may have been deliberately set.
The Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate.