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Suspicious dorm fire displaces 11 students

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By The Staff

The state fire marshal’s office and Highlands University police are investigating a suspicious fire the broke out Tuesday evening inside a university dorm room.

The small fire at Connor Hall was contained to a single room, said Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver. It was quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, he said.

No one was injured in the blaze, which apparently started with either a towel or a T-shirt, Weaver said.

The woman who lived in the dorm was not there at the time.

Weaver said the state fire marshal is treating it as a suspicious fire.

Water damage forced the university to move 11 students to another residence hall, he said.

The dorm room where the fire started also sustained smoke damage.

A spokesman for the state Fire Marshal’s Office said the agency is conducting a preliminary investigation and could not comment.