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The Fire at Spartan Village
Housing and Residence Life would like to address many of the questions that have been asked by students, parents and others who are concerned about the impact of the March 14, 2013, fire at Spartan Village. Please see answers to many of these questions below.
- How was the fire discovered?
A security guard patrolling the construction site noticed smoke and immediately notified UNCG Police. Calls to 911 were also made.
- What area was affected?
Highland Residence Hall (Building # 2) of Spartan Village burned. As a precautionary measure Lofts on Lee was evacuated. UNCG was on Spring Break so very few students were staying in their apartments. Thankfully, no one was injured and the fire was limited to only the one building.
- Why were people evacuated from Lofts on Lee?
Students were initially evacuated from Lofts on Lee as a preventative measure until the fire was under control. Residents of Lofts on Lee were temporarily relocated due to the smoke and emergency crew operations. Residents returned to Lofts on Lee on March 17 at 5 p.m., based on the approval of inspectors and fire officials. Lofts on Lee was not damaged by the fire, and all life safety systems in the hall are operating properly.
- What caused the fire?
The City of Greensboro is conducting the investigation. They anticipate it will take at least another week to determine the cause of the fire. This information will be released by the city officials.
- Do these buildings have sprinkler systems?
All UNCG housing has sprinkler systems that are regularly tested. The sprinkler system in Highland was not completed as it was under construction.
- Why didn't I get a text alert?
The emergency notification system is used to alert students of current, potential threats. As the fire only had a direct impact on the residents of Lofts on Lee, a mass notification was not necessary. Housing and Residence Life staff contacted residents of Lofts on Lee.
- When will construction restart on the other buildings?
We anticipate being able to resume construction on Buildings 1, 3, 4 the week of March 18.
- I signed up for Spartan Village for 2013-2014, do I still have a room?
If you signed up for Haywood, Lee, or Union you still have a room assignment. If you signed up for Highland, you were sent an email with instructions for making a new assignment. You will have the opportunity to select a different space in one of the other buildings at Spartan Village or in Spring Garden or Tower Village.
- When will a time table be available for re-building Highland Hall?
It will be at least two weeks before we will have a recovery plan for Highland Hall.
- Will there be enough housing to house all guaranteed upperclassmen?
Yes. Even with the loss of the rooms in Highland, all upperclassmen who signed up for 2013-2014 are guaranteed a room in an upperclass hall.
- Will tuition and fees increase to pay for the cost of rebuilding Highland Hall?
As with all our projects, UNCG requires our contractor to carry a long list of insurances (auto, liability, workers comp, etc). One of the most important in this case is Builders' Risk Insurance. We required Builders Risk insurance on the completed value of the project. The insurance company has been and continues to be on-site assessing the damage.
- Should I be worried about fires in my residence hall?
One of the reasons this fire was so large is the building was unoccupied and the fire had time to build before it was noticed. Every occupied residence hall has smoke detectors and emergency sprinklers. In addition, our residence hall staff conducts regular fire drills to ensure that students are familiar with emergency protocols. We strive to make our residence halls as safe as we possibly can.
- Where can students go for help?
Students who are facing challenges or feeling any emotional turmoil due to this event should immediately visit the Counseling and Testing Center or the Dean of Students Office for assistance.
- Is there anything I can do?
The American Red Cross and the Office of Housing and Residence Life have provided assistance to the students in Lofts on Lee affected by this incident. We encourage students to send notes of thanks to the Greensboro Red Cross, the Greensboro Fire Department and the Greensboro Police Department if they would like.
The American Red Cross
P.O. Box 14710
Greensboro, NC 27415
The Greensboro Fire Department
Chief Greg Grayson
1514 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
The Greensboro Police Department
Officer Trent Walker
300 South Swing Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
Alternately, you can direct letters directly to the Chief of Police for Greensboro (Ken Miller) - 300 West Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
More details about the fire are available in University News.