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Fire Displaces All Residents Of IU Fraternity House

A fire has displaced more than 60 Indiana University students living at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

The front door of Indiana University's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. A Sunday morning fire displaced 64 residents of the house.

Photo: Kyle Stokes / WFIU News

The front door of Indiana University's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. A Sunday morning fire displaced 64 residents of the house.

A Sunday morning fire at an Indiana University fraternity house has displaced all 64 students living in the building, necessitating repairs that could take weeks.

Members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity initially called around 10:30 a.m. to report a large amount of smoke in the house, Bloomington Fire Department Sgt. Brandon Hudson says. When crews arrived, they found a fire that had started on the house’s roof and was burning into the attic.

No one was reported injured in the fire, but significant damage to the house’s social room has rendered the building uninhabitable for now. Hudson says electricity and utility service have now been shut off to the house.

Crews are still investigating the fire’s cause.

Tom Dakich, an Indianapolis attorney speaking for the Phi Kappa Psi board, says initial estimates said repairs to the house could take at least three weeks and cost $100,000.

Students living in the on-campus house are temporarily staying with other fraternity members off-campus, according to another Phi Kappa Psi representative, while the fraternity’s board explores options for housing the displaced students.

Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

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