Fire at Printz Hall


At around 2 a.m., I was awoken up by the loud fire alarm in Printz Hall. 

I initially thought that it was a drill until I walked into the hallway and was hit with the smell of burning rubber. Other residents looked confused walking down the hallway in their pajamas. 

When we got outside the RAs directed us into the lobby of Dunlap Hall (which is the identical looking building right across from Printz). We were told that it was going to be awhile before we could enter the building again and advised us to go stay at a friends if possible. 

Half of the people left to go stay with their friends and others, including me, waited anxiously in the lobby. 

At around 3:30 a.m. we were given the okay to re-enter our apartments.  When I got inside I noticed that my lights would not turn on, but the outlets around my apartment were working. It was also freezing in my room since they turned off the heating system. 

My suite-mate just happens to be an RA so he filled me in on what caused the smoke. The heat vents in the attic of the building overheated and burned completely. Once the firefighters arrived they turned the system off in both apartment buildings. 

It was a frustrating experience especially because we were without power and hot water for 23 hours. As a university, Shepherd should have been better prepared for both situations. With this many people living on campus, how do we not have back-up generators for the dorms?