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January 18, 2013

Chief: Drills helped prepare for response


College and fire officials didn’t have a financial estimate on the cost of damages to Matteson Hall. The Oneonta Fire Department has concluded its investigation and turned the building over to the state Dormitory Authority.

Matteson Hall, a 212-bed dormitory, was built in 1966 of noncombustible materials and opened for occupancy the next year, SUNY Oneonta Director of Communications Hal Legg said Thursday.

The building isn’t required under code to have sprinkers, Legg said. In 2006, a fully integrated fire-and-smoke detector system was installed that sounds alarms throughout the building if one detector is set off.

The Oneonta Fire Department received mutual aid from West Oneonta, Otego, Laurens, Franklin, Worcester, Sidney and Treadwell fire departments, Pidgeon said.

SUNY Oneonta University Police, Otsego County Office of Emergency Services and the state Department of Homeland Security Office of Fire Prevention and Control also assisted.

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski in a statement said fire departments “that came to the college’s aid did a fantastic job’’ to bring the situation under control quickly and help ensure the safety of the building’s residents.

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