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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 4, 2011

Northwest encourages students to be proactive after off-campus fire displaces residents

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University reminds students to take steps to protect their belongings and help prevent fires in their residences after a fire destroyed an off-campus apartment and displaced several residents.

The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at an apartment building at the corner of Third and Main streets in Maryville. No injuries were reported, and Maryville Public Safety attributed the cause of the fire to careless smoking.

The American Red Cross and Northwest's Office of Residential Life worked to arrange housing for Northwest students displaced by the fire.

Students living on their own for the first time sometimes assume these accidents won't happen to them. However, it is 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 during winter months:

Candles and incense are prohibited in Northwest residence halls. Smoking also is prohibited on all University owned or leased property and in all University vehicles.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468