Fire Destroys Clemson Apartments

Anyone who wants to assist Clemson University students displaced by the fire can contribute to the Student Emergency Fund in care of the Clemson University Foundation, 110 Daniel Dr., Clemson, SC.

The following story appeared on Clemson's official web site earlier today:

Clemson University Fire Department, which also provides firefighting services for the City of Clemson, responded to a fire at University Ridge housing complex on Daniel Drive, adjacent to the university's campus Wednesday night.

The call came in at 9:34 p.m., and the first firefighters were on the scene by 9:38 p.m. The fire, which started in a unit on the first floor, quickly spread upward to the third floor and was fanned by 25 mph winds. More than 100 firefighters, with units from Clemson University, Central, Anderson, Seneca and Oconee County, responded to the scene. Pickens County EMS and Pickens County Emergency Management officials also responded.

Clemson University Fire Chief Bill Daniel said the fire was contained by midnight, but would continue to be monitored. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residents were evacuated within minutes of the first report as police officers from the City of Clemson and Clemson University fire department officials conducted a search throughout the multi-unit building. As of midnight, the only medical report was the transport of one resident, suffering from hyperventilation, to a local hospital.

University officials came to the site immediately and opened a crisis management center in the Alumni Center to assist students who lived in many of the housing units.

Displaced students were offered temporary accommodations in university housing, homes of community residents and the Comfort Inn. Any student with a need for or questions about housing can call the university housing office at 656-2295 between 8 a.m.-4:30 pm. University officials will work with students to replace lost books. Parents or students with other questions or concerns can call the Student Affairs Office at 656-2161.

City residents can call Clemson Police Department at 624-2006.

The Pickens County Chapter of the American Red Cross will be available at the Alumni Center as of 8 a.m. Thursday to assist residents with clothing, medication and various short-term needs.

Anyone who wants to assist Clemson University students displaced by the fire can contribute to the Student Emergency Fund in care of the Clemson University Foundation, 110 Daniel Dr., Clemson, SC.

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