Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Marist Prof Sends This In and Asks Us to Investigate Our Own Off-Campus Housing Offices.

A funeral service is held for Marist student Eva Block Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Fairfield, Connecticut. / Karl Rabe/The Poughkeepsie Journal

NEW ROCHELLE — When Michele Sampson learned of the fire in Poughkeepsie that claimed the lives of three Marist College students Saturday, she thought, “That’s my worst nightmare.”

Sampson runs the office of Off-Campus Housing at Iona College, in New Rochelle. Shortly after arriving at work Monday morning, she took to her Twitter account, mentioned the Marist fire and then typed, “FREE smoke detector batteries are always available at Off-Campus Housing.”

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze that killed Eva Block, Kevin Johnson and Kerry Fitzsimmons.

Town of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Mauro told the Poughkeepsie Journal, “It appears the fire started at the rear portion of the home and tragically spread very rapidly from there, trapping the three victims in the structure.”

Full article.


  1. I feel like this is something we might get more involved in. Two fires have already left students basically homeless this year, and students died in a fire here last year.

    In addition to giving away free batteries, those nifty ladders that you put in second or higher story windows to escape could be sold in the campus store, for example. I actually need one of those and wasn't able to find one locally (I bought online). Fire extinguishers could also be added to the book store line up without causing much fuss.

    Of course, most of the fires around here are related to space heater usage and bad wiring.

  2. Thats very sad to know, one should have complete kit of fire extinguisher

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