Fire in UM dormitory forces evacuation

December 18, 2003

COLLEGE PARK -- A fire Tuesday night forced the evacuation of a University of Maryland dormitory just as students were in the middle of studying for final exams, but no one was injured.

The fire started about 6:20 p.m. in a heating and air conditioning unit at La Plata Hall, campus police said.

Six dormitory rooms suffered water damage but were deemed habitable when the building reopened at 11:20 p.m.

The fire's cause is under investigation, but foul play has been ruled out, police said.

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