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Firefighters respond to sorority house call

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10

Firefighters responded Tuesday to reports of smoke at the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house.

Capt. Chris Wilson, from Huntington Fire Department Station No. 2, said five fire trucks arrived at the house at 1:48 p.m., after receiving a call claiming there was smoke on the second floor.

“The girls that live at the sorority house smelled smoke, called 911, and got everybody out and did everything they were supposed to do,” Wilson said.

After using a thermal imaging camera to determine if there was fire in the building, the firefighters determined there was only smoke. Wilson said they found the source was a heating and air unit on the roof. The belt that turns the fan in the unit had melted and was blowing smoke into the house.

The firefighters then cut off power to the unit and told them to open the windows and call a heating and air technician.

Sarah Stiles, president of the sorority, said that 31 girls live in the house. They practice fire drills once a month in order to know evacuation safety.

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