Bard College students evacuate dorm following fire
Approximately five Bard College students were displaced from dorm rooms after a fire, Tivoli Fire Chief Marc Hildenbrand said.
No students or firefighters were injured, he said. Firefighters responded to Robbins dormitory around 10 p.m. Sunday.
The fire originated on a first-floor porch and fire spread into the accompanying dorm room, but “the sprinklers slowed it down,” Hildenbrand said.
“When we first pulled up we encountered heavy smoke conditions,” he said. “As soon as we had guys packed up and ready and hose lines ready, we made entry and found the origin of fire and attacked it from the exterior and interior on the porch.”
The fire was put out within 15 minutes but the smoke wasn’t cleared from the three-story dorm until near 3 a.m. when the rest of the students were allowed back into their rooms, Hildenbrand said.
Mark Primoff, Bard College spokesman, said there are 176 rooms at Robbins with 244 beds. He added that no students were injured and that the five students were housed in other available dorm rooms on campus.
“We are incredibly thankful for the response from the local fire teams, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Clermont, that responded,” Primoff said. “They contained the fire very quickly, and we are gratified to have such strong community support.”
Robbins dorm houses “upper college students,” according to Bard College’s website.
The cause of fire is under investigation by the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division.
Clermont, Hillside, Milan, Red Hook and Rhinebeck fire departments assisted on scene in addition to the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Dutchess County Cause and Origin team, Red Hook police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s office Hildenbrand said.
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