AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Fire companies responded to the University at Buffalo's North Campus Thursday evening after a fire began in a dormitory building.
Smoke could be seen coming from the Spaulding Hall dorms and students were evacuated. Amherst Fire Department officials say the fire started from "careless use of smoking materials" in a room on the fourth floor. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to that room and quickly extinguish the flames.
University Police Chief Gerry Schoenle says there is damage from smoke, heat and water, totaling $125,000 to the structure and $125,000 to the contents in the dorm. A male and female student were taken to the hospital to be treated.
"We have two students that have minor injuries. I don't know the full extent at this time. And it's looking like some type of careless smoking [caused the fire]. That's being investigated right now," Chief Schoenle said. "It looks to me like we're going to be able to have people in the first three floors this evening, and we'll only be displacing about a dozen students on the fourth floor."
Smoking is not allowed in dorm buildings, nor anywhere on any of UB's three campuses.
One student was burned by flames and taken to ECMC along with the other student, who suffered minor injuries. Only around a dozen other students needed to be housed in other dorms.
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