Firefighters say small fire at William Woods is suspicious

1 year 4 months 1 week ago January 12, 2016 Jan 12, 2016 Tuesday, January 12 2016 Tuesday, January 12, 2016 1:46:00 PM CST in News
By: Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager

FULTON - Interim Fulton Fire Chief Kevin Coffelt said crews were on the scene of a small fire Tuesday afternoon at William Woods University in the 200 block of West 12th Street.

Coffelt said the call came in around lunch time. He said the department received reports of smoke coming from the vents of a bathroom at Tucker Dining Hall. A news release from the Fulton Fire Department said there was a small fire in the ceiling of a bathroom in the dining hall.

Chief Coffelt said most students evacuated the building but some staff were still inside. He reported no one was injured in the fire.

Crews were still on scene as of 2 p.m. as firefighters were investigating the cause.

Venita M. Mitchell, the vice president and dean of student life, sent an email to students and faculty that said, "Upon smelling smoke, staff requested assistance from the Fulton Fire Department. A small fire of unknown origin was located and extinguished. There were no injuries involved with the incident, and damage appears minimal. Regular dining hall hours will continue as usual."

The Fulton Fire Department said the fire is still under investigation and is currently ruled suspicious.

[Editor's Note: The story was edited to include information from the email and the news release.]

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