dorm fire

A UMass student was killed in a fire in an off campus apartment complex in Amherst.

The fire broke out in the predawn hours Monday at the Rolling Green Apartment complex. The State Fire Marshall’s office said the fire appeared to have started in the unit where the deceased person was found.  The cause has not determined.  The Amherst Fire department said half the units in the 10 unit complex were gutted. A total of 32 people were displaced, 22 of them are UMass students.  The Red Cross and University Housing services are assisting them.

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that displaced nearly 180 students living in a State University at Oneonta dormitory was sparked by the improper use of a power strip.

SUNY Oneonta officials say Thursday the fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday because of the improper use of an electrical power strip in a bedroom in a third-floor suite in Matteson Hall.

Officials say the 177 residents of the dorm all got out safely from the four-story building. The fire was under control in less than an hour.