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January 17, 2013

Fire breaks out in SUCO dorm

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About 25 Oneonta firefighters were at the scene with two engines, an ambulance, two utility vehicles and the aerial ladder truck, Pidgeon said.

Crews took hoses up through the stairwells to fight the blaze, Pidgeon said, and crews also completed two rounds of searching each room to be sure everyone was out of the building.

Pidgeon said the fire started in the center bedroom in a three-bedroom suite. The two adjacent rooms had some smoke damage, he said, and the suite’s common room had fire damage.

Pidgeon said University Police and college staff were helpful and the value of drills showed in the response Wednesday.

Oneonta Fire Department crews were assisted at the scene by West Oneonta and Otego crews and the Firefighter Assist and Search Teams from Worcester, Franklin and Sidney, officials said, and two firefighters from Treadwell responded. Otsego County fire coordinators and members from the state Department of Homeland Security emergency services and fire prevention and control also were at the scene.

No firefighters were injured, Pidgeon said, and the Oneonta department was back in service at 7:30 p.m.

Officials didn’t know if or when Matteson might be habitable, Legg said, and plans were under discussion Wednesday night to find on-campus accommodations for residents.

The college reported about the fire to the campus community via Facebook, including that college officials believed that all Matteson residents were accounted for based on preliminary reports and interviews.

At dusk, clusters of students stood outside dormitories near Matteson Hall talking about what they had seen.

Christian Trapani, 20, a junior from West Hampton Beach, said he had been driving near Matteson Hall when officials told him to turn his vehicle around.

“I saw lots of smoke,’’ Trapani said.

Maralie Cammarata, 20, a junior from Carmel, said she could see flames from her dormitory, MacDuff Hall, which stands not far from Matteson.

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