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The Reid Hall and Maple Hill West dormitories are without power following a fire in one of the tunnels running underneath campus Monday afternoon.

The University of Arkansas Police Department received a call about smoke in Reid Hall at 4:36 p.m., UAPD Capt. Gary Crain said. Officers, along with Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS officials, responded to the call.

The fire occurred in an underground tunnel between Reid and Maple Hill, and the smoke from that tunnel fire came into the building, Crain said.

“During that time the fire burned through and caused a power outage,” Crain said. 

Although there were no injuries, responders helped one student who was stuck in an elevator, Crain said.

Students in the affected residence halls should have received an email from the university with details on temporary housing information, according to a tweet from the University Housing account.

“(For) the students who are in Reid or Maple Hill West, Housing is making other accommodations for them,” Crain said. “They asked earlier that any of the students in those two halls should go to the union and there will be people there to assist them.”

The Arkansas Union is open late tonight to accommodate anyone in those halls, Crain said.

Officials expect that power will be restored to the dormitories sometime tomorrow, Crain said.


Abbi Ross is the Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as senior staff reporter.

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