Fire in Haines

On Saturday night (9/22), at around 1:10 AM, someone set a plastic trash can on fire in Haines. They dumped all the garbage out onto the floor and set the trash can in the middle of the hallway, before setting it on fire. Smoke filled the building, and everybody had to stand outside for a long while until they could vent some of it out. Luckily, someone rushed up with an extinguisher and put it out before it really had a chance to spread. If left unchecked, serious damage could have been done to Haines, and all its residents’ belongings. The carpet is singed and the plastic bottom of the trash can is burned into the carpet, but beyond that no serious damage was done. However, this kind of “prank” is probably the worst kind — it is dangerous to people and their things. At the very least, people had to inhale the fumes of burning plastic (which I think are toxic, don’t hold me to it) and everything in the hallway was coated in dust. As it is, Haines residents are going to have to pay for the damages unless whoever started the fire can be identified. A picture of the burned-out trash can is below, along side a picture of the hallway and a couch near the fire so you can see how much dust the fire created.

Note: now you can all rest easy knowing that weather will not be the only thing discussed in this blog.



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2 Responses to “Fire in Haines”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    LOL You got BURNED!!!!

  2. OxyBlog Says:

    Okay, the above comment is just a perfect example of the kinds of comments that don’t really contribute anything and will probably be deleted in the future.

    Anyway, there is an Opinions piece in the Weekly this week about the fire, which might be worth a read for more detail/info (yeah, the article was written by me, I went to the story well twice, as it were): http://www.oxyweekly.com/media/storage/paper1200/news/2007/10/03/Opinion/Prankster.Youre.Fired-3006416.shtml&sourcedomain=www.oxyweekly.com&facebook

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