Penn State police suspect arson triggered a dorm sprinkler system that transformed the hallways of Mifflin Hall into what one resident said "looked like the Titanic," with sprinkler water "rushing out of the elevators" late Sunday night, the Daily Collegian reports. The small fire filled the halls with smoke and forced students to evacuate just before midnight. At least 13 rooms in the dorm suffered minor to moderate water damage. The university has not announced whether it will reimburse students for damaged belongings, but it did courteously wash and dry wet clothes for free. And Penn State offered free board games and pizza for displaced students.
Police are still searching for the person who they believe set items on a second-floor bulletin board on fire.