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Fire guts UW-Whitewater frat

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Carla McCann
November 12, 2007
— No one was injured in an early morning fire that caused more than $300,000 damage Monday at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house today.

When firefighters arrived at the Main Street fraternity about 2:48 a.m., flames were shooting out of the windows, said Scott Oldenburg, assistant Whitewater fire chief.


All of the 10 students in the house were outside of the burning building before firefighters arrived, Oldenburg said.


The Whitewater department called for mutual aid from the LaGrange Fire Department about 10 minutes later, Oldenburg said.


The fire broke out in the northwest corner of the building, Oldenburg said. The cause is under investigation.


Outside of the building, which was cordoned off by yellow plastic tape this morning, the red brick was scorched around the empty windows. One of the second floor doors was broken down, while the other stood open, showing nothing but a scorched interior.


The building will need to be gutted before it can be rebuilt, Oldenburg said.


This morning, trucks with the names of construction companies written on their doors slowly drove past the building.


University officials will help TKE members find housing, said Sara Kuhl, director of UW-Whitewater’s News and Publications.



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