BU students still hospitalized after fire

Remains of the Allston fire

Boston University officials are educating students about fire safety after two off-campus blazes in the past week resulted in serious injuries and left 18 students homeless.

A massive fire overtook an Allston apartment building on Sunday, causing the emergency evacuation of eight residents including two students who jumped from a second story window to escape the flames, according to Boston fire officials.

The two students are still  hospitalized, but are expected to survive, said Steve MacDonald, a fire department spokesman.

University officials have posted fire safety tips on the school’s website and in the student newspaper in light of the recent fires, said BU spokesman Colin Riley.

A fire in Brookline last week left 10 BU Law students homeless.

A student caught in the Allston blaze phoned his parents before the fire department on Sunday.
The student’s mother then called BU?police, according to ?BU Today.

The call prompted officials to reiterate to students that 911 should be the first call in an emergency, said Riley.

School officials have offered on-campus housing, food, clothing and other essentials to the students.

Still no cause

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which resulted in $500,000 in damage.
   
The house is destroyed, making the investigation more difficult, according to fire officials.


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