UNC will move top-floor students after fire

tgrubb@newsobserver.comNovember 8, 2013 

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— Damage from Tuesday’s fire will keep the fourth-floor of Cobb Residence Hall closed through the spring semester, UNC officials said Thursday.

The cause of the fire, which started in the attic insulation around 5 p.m., is undetermined, officials said. There’s also no cost estimate yet for the damage, but no one was injured, they said.

The fire closed surrounding streets, delayed results at one election polling location near campus and displaced about 380 students. The four-story brick dormitory, which has smoke detectors and alarms, was built in 1952 and upgraded in 2005.

A few weeks ago, UNC officials installed Wi-Fi service, Cobb resident Jimmy Xu said.

Cobb residents have been reassigned to other campus housing since the fire. Seventy-six won’t be able to return, a news release stated. But the rest of the students will return to the lower three floors after inspections are complete, the release stated.

Rick Bradley, with UNC’s Department of Housing and Residential Education, said a restoration company is removing damaged materials and clearing the smoky smell. The company also will collect and clean 11 residents’ belongings before returning them.

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