Cobb dorms still off limits in fire’s wake

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 04:53 PM

Two days after an attic fire, students who had been living in Cobb Residence Hall at UNC Chapel Hill remain in different digs.
Students who live on the first three floors should be able to return as soon as inspectors give the OK, said Susan Hudson of UNC News Services. But the 76 who were living on the fourth floor will be relocated for the rest of the 2013-14 academic year.
It’s still not clear what caused the fire, which burned part of the attic Tuesday evening. The damage cost isn’t known either, Hudson said, although a restoration company was working in the dormitory building on Thursday to remove debris and clear the smoke smell.
She said the fourth floor “took the brunt of the damage because it was closest to the attic where the firefighters were fighting the fire.”
Workers on Thursday also planned to enter the six rooms most affected “to bag, tag and clean” belongings for return to 11 residents, she said.
Students with renter’s insurance are encouraged to call their agent and alert them that a claim may be coming based on damage to personal belongings. Those without renter’s insurance should contact family or a guardian to determine whether those damages are covered under a rider on their insurance policy.
Students with no insurance who need immediate financial assistance are asked to contact the Dean of Students Office at 919-966-4042 or by email at and ask about the emergency fund assistance program.

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