Fire Damages TTU Residence Hall

A fire that damaged a men's residence hall at Tennessee Tech University this morning is still under investigation by university and fire department officials.

The blaze, which broke out in a room on the first floor of Browning Hall shortly after 8 a.m., was contained to one room, but all the belongings of the two students who lived there were destroyed. The students were not in the room when the fire occurred, and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Cookeville fire fighters responding to the emergency call extinguished the fire. Students were evacuated when the building's alarms were sounded by residence hall staff.

"Fortunately we had an excellent response from everyone," said TTU President Bob Bell. "All the fire alarms worked perfectly, everyone was evacuated in a timely manner, and our residence hall staff and the fire and police departments responded immediately. I hate that this happened, but I'm thankful no one was hurt and I'm proud of everyone involved for acting so quickly and efficiently."

Campus officials have provided the students with another room on campus and have begun a fund raising drive to help them replace clothing and other essential belongings.