UK Students React To Small Fires In Their Residence Hall

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Updated: 11/08/2012 11:16 pm

Three small fires that happened at Kirwan One Residence Hall on UK’s campus have prompted a crime alert from the University.

Some students living in Kirwan said they didn’t think much of the fires at first. But as the incidents continue to happen, their concern is growing.

“It was just different,” Jonathan Firquin said. “I mean we walked in and smelled something burning, so it's kind of freaky.”

Firquin added, “I didn't think it was such a big deal – just something burning. But then I found out that there's been three other fires and that's getting a little scary.”

UK Freshman Jared Rondinelli said the fires have happened at night after visitation hours have ended.

“I think it's slightly ridiculous that fires are occurring inside a dorm where people live,” Rondinelli said. “And the people that live inside the dorm are the ones setting the fire, so that doesn't make sense.”

Other freshmen who live in Kirwan One have mixed reactions to the fires:

“That's terrible that someone wants to burn down our dorm. That's where we live. Where are we supposed to go if this burns down, you know.” – Tanner Blain

“I think it will be ok. I think it's been blown out of proportion.” – Alexander O’Neill

“That's something that shouldn't be happening. Ever.” – Jajuan Kaith

“It's more of a joke than anything. So I don't think people are taking it too seriously.” – Nick Merlinn

“It does make me mad that my stuff could possibly catch on fire... or myself.” – Jared Rondinelli

“It's weird. What are people thinking? But it's really not scaring me that bad.” – Jonathan Rogers

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