Dormitory fire forces students from their beds

Cause of early morning fire at Paul Smiths college undetermined

— A residence hall at Paul Smith's College reopened at 9 a.m. Wednesday, after an early-morning fire forced it’s evacuation.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire, which was located on an exterior wall of Franklin Hall. A room in close proximity to the fire sustained minor damage and remains closed.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined and it’s origin is currently under investigation by State Police according to Director of Communications Paul Smith's College, Kenneth Aaron.

The college's Office of Campus Safety received notification around 12:30 a.m. that a carbon monoxide detector in Franklin Hall had activated. Two campus officers, Chad Bryant and Shelby Warner, responded, and saw a small fire outside a first-floor window in the residence hall.

Bryant ordered the building evacuated, pulled a fire alarm and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Volunteers with the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department arrived about 15 minutes later and ensured the fire had not spread.

The scene was cleared by 3 a.m. New York State Police are investigating the origin of the fire.

"Our officers did a great job making sure this situation didn't have a worse ending," said Phil Fiacco, director of campus safety at Paul Smith's College. "Their quick response helped keep a potentially dangerous situation in check. We're also thankful for the quick response by the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department and New York State Police."

The building's 46 residents were relocated elsewhere on campus for the night. The student who resided in the room where the fire originated will be temporarily relocated.

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