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Update on April 24 Lovill Hall Fire

Monday, April 25, 2016

On April 24, 2016 at approximately 10:41 p.m., Appalachian State University Police received a fire alarm activation notice from Lovill Hall. University Police officers and the Boone Fire Department responded. The sprinkler system activated on the fourth floor of Lovill Hall.

The building was evacuated Sunday evening, and by Monday morning all students had been allowed to return to the building.

No injuries were reported.

The incident is currently being investigated by University Police, who have determined that an unknown person intentionally set fire to a bulletin board located on the fourth floor.

Please note that while an investigation is ongoing, University Police have not identified any current or ongoing threat to campus at this time.

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Additional information

The fire was extinguished quickly, and there were no injuries reported. Property loss due to water damage is being assessed.

Of the 219 students in Lovill Hall, approximately 40 are being provided temporary alternate accommodations due to water damage in their rooms.

Residence Hall meetings are planned for this evening, which will include support from University Counseling staff.

Resources and support are being provided to assist students in the last week of classes and during the exam period. Students who are affected and have not had contact with Student Development thus far are encouraged to contact J.J. Brown, Dean of Students, at 828-262-8284 or brownjj1@appstate.edu for assistance.

Faculty are encouraged to work with students affected by the fire, and to contact Mike Mayfield, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, at 828-262-2070 or mayfldmw@appstate.edu with questions.

No information is available at this time about a possible motive. An investigation is ongoing, and is being conducted by University Police.