Arson Investigation Uncovers Fire Code Violations At Frat House

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Several members of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity were forced to relocate after an arson investigation uncovered fire code violations Wednesday morning.

Firefighters called to Lambda Chi Alpha near North 17th and R streets just after 1 a.m. for a fire alarm found smoke in the building from a burning roll of paper towels that had been extinguished.

Lincoln Fire Inspector Chuck Schweitzer said the cause of the fire is under investigation and whoever started it could face felony arson charges. Schweitzer said that during his investigation he observed several fire code violations and determined the conditions to be unsafe.

Schweitzer said all fraternity and sorority houses are inspected and licensed before anyone is allowed to move in. The LCA House was recently inspected, so the code violations happened in a short time.

There were less than a dozen members in the house at the time and all were able to find a place to stay for the night. The house dad was offered housing on campus.

According to Schweitzer, it should not take more than a day or two to bring the house back into compliance.

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