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Fire Damages Residence Hall Cafeteria

Fire Damages UC Riverside Residence Hall Cafeteria

Meal Services Shift to Other Residence Halls

(April 26, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — April 26, 2004 — ( University of California, Riverside officials report a fire in the cafeteria of the Lothian Residence Hall, which was reported at approximately 12:20 a.m., may have caused between $500,000 to $1 million worth of damage to the structure and its content. The fire was confined to the cafeteria area of the building affecting approximately 6,500 square feet of space.

Approximately 1,000 students were evacuated from the Hall as a precaution, although there was no damage to their living quarters, which were expected to reopen by early Monday morning, and no reports of injuries. Meal services for residents of Lothian Hall will shift to the University Commons and other residence halls. Questions concerning meal services can be addressed to the UCR Housing Office at 909-787-6350.

The cause of the fire is unknown. An investigation into the three-alarm blaze to which 15 fire units responded will involve City, state and campus fire investigators.

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