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Fire displaces IUP students

| Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A fire at an Indiana Borough apartment building displaced seven Indiana University of Pennsylvania students Sunday night.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the two-story residence at 1170 Burns Ave. around 9:30 Sunday, said Indiana Fire Association Chief Charles Kelly.

There were no injuries, he said.

The building is a former garage that was renovated into three apartments, Kelly said. The first floor was built with cement block with wood-frame construction above.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure on the first floor when they arrived, Kelly said.

Occupants of one apartment escaped from the fire, Kelly said.

Firefighters found nobody inside during a search of the building and confirmed that all seven of the residents were safe, he said. It was unclear how many were home when the fire broke out.

Kelly said the fire started in a first-floor rear bedroom and crept into the walls and the floorboards above, causing severe damage to the building.

A damage estimate was unavailable. The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Kelly said two pet rabbits perished in the blaze.

The residents are being assisted by IUP officials in securing housing, Kelly said.

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155.

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