Boston University dorm fire injures one, displaces dozens of students – Metro US

Boston University dorm fire injures one, displaces dozens of students

Boston University dorm fire on Commonwealth Avenue

A Boston University dorm fire has displaced 40 college students and injured one, according to the Boston Herald.

The fire broke out in the university’s dorms located at 722 Commonwealth Avenue on Saturday night during the school’s annual move-in weekend for students beginning the fall semester.

 “We look over into the window, which we then discovered was on our floor, and we can see the glare of inside of the building and a little bit of smoke rising from the window. At that point we realized, this is a pretty serious situation,” said Kai Hellberg, a BU junior.

One student injured

As shared by Boston fire officials, the Boston University dorm fire broke out around 10 p.m. on the third floor of the building. The fire was contained to one room, injuring an unidentified female student who was brought to the hospital after suffering from minor burns to her leg. Firefighters evacuated buildings on both sides of the dorm for added precautions. 

Boston University dorm fire

The fire set off the sprinkler system causing water and smoke damage to the first three floors of the building. The 40 Boston University students were evacuated quickly and were faced with looking for a place to stay for the night.

Substantial damage

Boston University’s residence life staff is currently working to help students find temporary accommodations as the new semester begins. Students have yet to be told when they can return to their dorms due to the damage that is estimated to be around $200k.

It is unclear what caused the fire as investigators are still looking for answers.