Ball State Dorm Evacuated After Small Fire

1,900 student residents were allowed back in four hours later; police suspect no foul play.

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Around 1,900 students fled a Ball State University dorm—the largest complex on campus—after a basement fire set off alarms at 4 a.m. Wednesday, the Daily News reports. Police do not suspect foul play, but the fire did cause a pipe burst, flooding hallways and classrooms near the fire. The 100 classes that used the building's basement have been relocated.

Students were moved to a nearby arena and were allowed back into their rooms at 8 a.m. For their troubles, they were offered free food, hot cocoa, and a free pass to coast in their classes the next day because the poor things "lost a lot of sleep in addition to the trauma they experienced," a university memo noted.