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UNC relocates 380 students overnight after fire damages a campus dorm

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    Harry Lynch - hlynch@newsobserver.com
    Chapel Hill firefighters extend their firetruck ladder platform four floors up toward the west wing of UNC's Cobb dormitory, background, after an attic fire above the 4th floor of Cobb dormitory on the UNC-CH campus was reported Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013. Smoke on the 4th floor of Cobb coed dorm on UNC's east side of campus in Chapel Hill, NC was reported around 530pm. All students were evacuated safely.
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    HARRY LYNCH - hlynch@newsobserver.com
    Firefighters vent smoke Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from attic above the fourth floor of the west wing of UNC's Cobb dorm. Students evacuated from the building.
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    Harry Lynch - hlynch@newsobserver.com
    Chapel Hill firefighters on a ladder platform four floors up watch a fellow firefighter pop out of an attic hatch billowing smoke from an attic fire above the 4th floor of Cobb dormitory on the UNC-CH campus 615pm Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013. Smoke on the 4th floor of Cobb coed dorm on UNC's east side of campus in Chapel Hill, NC was reported around 530pm. All students were evacuated safely.
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    Harry Lynch - hlynch@newsobserver.com
    UNC-CH students stand inside the Cobb parking deck on the UNC campus Tuesday 630pm watching and texting while a Chapel Hill ladder truck rises to the fourth floor of Cobb dormitory, background, after an attic fire above the 4th floor of Cobb dormitory was reported on the UNC-CH campus Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013. Smoke on the 4th floor of Cobb coed dorm on UNC's east side of campus in Chapel Hill, NC was reported around 530pm. All students were evacuated safely.

CHAPEL HILL UNC Student Housing was relocating 380 students Tuesday night after a fire in the attic insulation of Cobb Residence Hall on campus damaged part of the northwest end of the building’s center section.

The fire was reported about 5 p.m., and flames were no longer visible by 6 p.m. according to Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones. Fire and smoke damage were limited to the attic and the section of the fourth floor directly below the fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, Jones said.

UNC Student Housing was temporarily relocating the 380 residents of the dormitory for Tuesday night, according to Susan Hudson of UNC News Services. Most students, except those living in the northwest section, should be able to move back in sometime Wednesday, officials said.

The four-story brick dormitory, built in 1952 and renovated in 2005, houses 400 people and has smoke detectors and alarms.

UNC sophomore Jimmy Xu, 19, watched firefighters work from the nearby Cobb Parking Deck, along with several dozen other students and onlookers. He should have grabbed his laptop and textbooks, he said, and hopes the university has fire insurance on student property.

“That would be the responsible thing to do,” Xu said.

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