Update: Fire in East Residence, Most Students Return to Rooms

December 09, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

The majority of University of Guelph students affected by a fire in Dundas Hall, East Residence, on Nov. 30 have returned to their residence rooms.

About 30 students were moved to temporary accommodations as a precaution following the fire, which was deliberately set by a student in his room. Most returned to their rooms Friday night.

Seven students who have rooms in the section affected by the fire remain in temporary housing while restoration work continues.

The fire was reported at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 30 and Guelph Fire, Guelph-Wellington emergency medical services, Campus Community Police and Guelph Police responded.

A 20-year-old male student was injured and admitted to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police continue to investigate.

The fire and damage were confined to the injured student's room.

University officials have met with affected students and residence life staff several times since the incident.

The University is aware that disturbing social media activity is circulating about this incident, and urges people not to watch or distribute this hurtful material.

U of G reminds its community members that counselling services are always available to assist students and employees, especially during times of distress.

The following services are available on campus:

  • Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244

  • Student Health Services, Ext. 52131

  • Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, Ext. 52133

  • Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 52390

  • Student Support Network, Raithby House, drop-in support 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., including throughout exam weeks

  • Good2Talk, Ontario's post-secondary student support network, 1-866-925-5454

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