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    Default Doing something about College fire deaths

    Earlier this month I posted a link about a fire that occured in a frat house in Upper Michigan. There seems to be a movement out there to make our college students safer. This is the link www.upgroup.com/gazette/loclnews.html If you happen to look at this and it is after Sept.1st, I think you will have to look in the archives which I dont believe have seperate links.

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    In NJ, there was a horrible fire a few years ago in a drom at Seton Hall University. There were several deaths of students. As a result, the state legislature passed a bill mandating 100% sprinkler coverage in dorms. There is a three year phase-in, with the schools given a percentage goal for each year of the phase-in. The Division of Fire Safety is enforcing it and fining universities. As far as I know, this does not apply to frat houses.

    As an aside, I have been to a couple of frat houses on EMS runs. Generally, they are pig stys and are ripe for working fires. Add to that the alcohol factor, the stupid factor and the immature factor, you have the recipe for disaster.

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    Post The Seton Hall Inquiry continues

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The grand jury hearing evidence in the
    deadly Seton Hall University dormitory fire will have at least
    three more months to consider indictments, the sixth extension its
    received since being empaneled nearly two years ago.
    Essex County Assignment Judge Joseph A. Falcone granted the
    latest extension in an order issued Tuesday. The request was made
    by acting Essex County Prosecutor Donald Campolo, who would not say
    why he sought the extra time for the 23-member panel.
    The jury was empaneled in October 2001 to probe the fire, which
    was determined to be arson. The previous extension, granted in
    March, would have expired on Wednesday.
    Three students were killed and more than 50 others injured in
    the fire, which occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2000, on the
    third floor of Boland Hall. Investigators believe the blaze started
    when a homemade paper banner left draped over a couch was ignited
    in the freshman dorm.
    The grand jury has heard from dozens of students who lived at
    the dormitory. The panel has also heard from state police
    detectives who took statements from students early in the
    investigation, as well as firefighters, fire experts and rescue
    workers.

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    Post UPDATE!!

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - More than three years after a deadly fire
    swept through the lounge of a Seton Hall University dormitory, two
    men who were freshmen at the time have been charged with arson and
    murder.
    Both have denied any role in the blaze, which killed three
    students and injured more than 50 others.
    Sean Ryan, 22, who still attends the school, and Joseph LePore,
    22, now a senior at the University of Delaware, were arrested
    Wednesday after an Essex County grand jury indicted them on more
    than 60 counts in connection with the Jan. 19, 2000, fire at Boland
    Hall. They were jailed on $2 million bail and scheduled to appear
    in court Thursday, their attorneys said.
    Acting County Prosecutor Donald Campolo scheduled a news
    conference Thursday where he planned to announce the indictments of
    several other people accused of obstructing or hindering the
    investigation.
    Prosecutors believe the blaze began when a homemade paper banner
    left draped over a couch in the dorm's third-floor lounge was
    ignited.
    The fire was discovered about 4:30 a.m. As smoke poured into the
    halls, scared students in pajamas grabbed coats or blankets and
    fled into bitter pre-dawn cold. One leaped from a window of the
    six-story hall.
    Students Frank Caltabilota of West Long Branch, John Giunta of
    Vineland and Aaron Karol of Green Brook died in the fire. Two of
    the men were found in the lounge and the other was in a nearby
    room.
    The 48-year-old building did not have sprinklers because it was
    built before they were required. The university has since installed
    them, and the state created a new law requiring all dorm rooms in
    New Jersey to have sprinklers by 2004.
    The grand jury that handed up the indictment spent nearly two
    years hearing from dozens of students who lived at the dormitory.
    They also heard from state police detectives who took statements
    from students early in the investigation, as well as firefighters
    and rescue workers.

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    I live in the Upper Peninsula of MIchigan about 2 hours from where that frat house fire happened.
    It was a really sad thing. Just a few weeks ago they passed a city ordinance stating that it is no longer legal to have sleeping “pods” in residential buildings. I am not positive what a sleeping "pod" is but I know that after the fire and during the investigation it was noted that most of the other frat houses and such all had sleeping “pods”. So there is a lot of remodeling going on this summer!
    It was a really sad thing and I know that it has opened more than a few eyes in this area!

    Stay safe,
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