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Small stairwell fire at Buchanan Towers evacuates students Thursday

Reports of smoke coming from seventh floor
January 19, 2023 at 10:04 p.m.
Bellingham Fire Department responded to a small fire on an outdoor stairwell at Buchanan Tower on Western Washington University's campus Jan. 19.
Bellingham Fire Department responded to a small fire on an outdoor stairwell at Buchanan Tower on Western Washington University's campus Jan. 19. (Audra Anderson/Cascadia Daily News)

By CDN Staff

Bellingham Fire Department extinguished a small stairwell fire Thursday night at Buchanan Towers on Western Washington University's campus. 

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, smoke was reported coming from the seventh floor of an outdoor stairwell, according to a campus advisory. 

Residents were evacuated and the fire department extinguished a small pile of burning paper, which had been lit between cinder blocks on the staircase.  

Residents have returned to their units, according to the 9:49 p.m. advisory. 

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