UNL Fraternity Forced To Relocate Due To Fire Concerns

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Residents of a University of Nebraska fraternity Sigma Nu have been forced to relocate after a weekend fire alarm revealed many safety concerns.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews were called to Sigma Nu house, 625 N. 16th St., for a fire alarm Sunday afternoon.

Crews found a significant amount of clutter inside the fraternity and asked Lincoln Fire Inspectors to do an inspection.

Lincoln Fire Inspectors tell 10/11 News there were several violations of fire system safety standards. Smoke detectors and fire alarm warning devices had been removed or tampered with, hallways were impassable and several other smaller violations.

In June 2013, the fraternity passed inspection after the building had been condemned, allowing it to be occupied for the current school year.

Several sources have said there were a number of areas inside the house, where garbage seemed to have been piled up inside, rather than tossed in the dumpster.

University Police Sergeant, Zach Byers said their office is investigating whether any criminal activity may have occurred.

With Monday being a holiday, the approximately 50 displaced residents will have to remain outside the fraternity until Fire Inspectors conduct an inspection on Tuesday.

Fire Inspectors have red tagged the building due to their findings on Sunday. Until their office is satisfied concerning the safe operation of the fire systems, no one will be able to occupy the building.

Byers said UNLPD will be working with Fire Inspectors and the University's Office of Student Affairs to determine what, if any, sanctions, citations or arrests will be made in connection with the fraternity.

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