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Jan. 11, 2010
Maryville, Mo. - Northwest is reminding students to take steps to protect their belongings and help prevent fires in their residences after a weekend fire caused severe damage to an off-campus apartment and displaced several residents.
Maryville Public Safety attributed the cause of the fire, which was reported about 11:15 p.m. Friday, to a child playing with a candle. Two non-students were treated for smoke inhalation and released from St. Francis Hospital, according to emergency officials.
More than a dozen residents were displaced from the apartment, including six Northwest students. Northwest's Student Affairs office worked to arrange housing for the displaced students.
Often students who are living on their own for the first time assume these accidents won't happen to them. However, it's important students take proactive steps to protect themselves and their belongings in case of an unexpected tragedy.
Also, remember these precautions to lower the chances of a fire in your residence hall or apartment, especially as students look for ways to stay warm this winter:
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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Northwest Missouri State University
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