“The biggest thing is to make sure that you’re using the equipment the way it’s designed to be used,”

Residents of Helen DeRoy Apartments were evacuated on Nov. 30 at around 3 a.m. due to a fire that happened while a student was frying french fries in their apartment kitchen.

The student was able to extinguish the fire, however the smoke spread when the student opened their door and the smoke alarms were triggered.

Wayne State Police officers came to the site and assessed the situation.

By approximately 3:40 a.m., students were cleared to go back into the building.

Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life, Chris Rader said the fire was quickly extinguished, so majority of the damage to the apartment was from the smoke.

Rader said safety procedures are presented to students at move in and open-floor meetings throughout the semester and residents are provided with safety guidelines.

“The biggest thing is to make sure that you’re using the equipment the way it’s designed to be used,” Rader said. “When you’re cooking, know where the nearest fire extinguisher is.”

Rader also said students—on-campus residents and commuters—should always know the closest exits in case of an emergency.

The two students living in the apartment that suffered from the fire have been temporarily moved. Rader said there is no clear timeline as to when they will be able to return to their apartment.

Rader said the cause of the incident is being investigated to be sure it was an accident or a result of negligence.  

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