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FSU helps students displaced by off campus fraternity fire

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University is helping some students who were displaced earlier this week after a fire broke out at an off-campus fraternity house.

The Dean of Student Life at FSU, Lina Blair said the university is providing housing, food, and other necessary items to 7 members of the Theta Theta Chapter of the ‘Sigma Pi Fraternity’.

Blair said 4 members have moved into a residence hall temporarily while the other three are staying with friends.

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She said because the fire happened so early in the morning, the students ran out with what they had after being alerted by a student that lived there.

“My understanding is that the house and their belongings were a total loss,” said Blair.

Big Rapids Department of Public Safety got to the scene at around 7:30 and saw smoke coming from the roof.

No one was injured and everyone inside was able to make it out ok, including a dog.

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“One of the parents of the students called our housing office to see if we had temporary housing. And within five minutes, we had a couple staff members come here directly to work as a single point of contact with our students. We were able to help students with temporary housing, meal swipes at the cafeteria. We also were able to help with a couple laptops,” said Blair.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A Go Fund Me page has been started for the students.

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