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Sorority house burns in Whitewater

Sprinkler system at Sigma Sigma Sigma not operational, association claims

WHITEWATER, Wis. - A sorority house near the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus caught fire Friday morning, displacing 23 students.

The Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority is at the corner of Main Street and Prairie Avenue in Whitewater.

The Whitewater Fire Department said residents in the home called at 10:44 a.m. reporting smoke and flames in the building.

The building suffered smoke and water damage. The extent of the damage is unknown and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association said in a news release Friday afternoon that Sigma Sigma Sigma was in the process of retrofitting a fire sprinkler system in the house and the system wasn't yet working. The NFSA said the sorority had fallen behind a deadline that required Greek housing to have sprinkler systems on Jan. 1, 2014.

One student suffered a minor injury during the incident.

Campus officials said the Office of Residence Life will provide housing for students displaced by the fire.


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