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October 7, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Student missing, 2 injured in apartment fire; university offers assistance


LAWRENCE --- A University of Kansas student is missing and 2 were injured, one critically, after a huge fire Friday morning that destroyed 76-unit apartment building in the Boardwalk Apartment complex about 3 miles west of the KU campus in Lawrence.

Of the 32 university students who lived in the complex, all but one are accounted for as of today. Fire officials report to local media that as many as 25 people were injured; most were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital; four have been admitted to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., including the two students. Because of federal privacy regulations, no more information about the students can be released.

" We are closely monitoring the situation, making contact with parents and students affected and offering any and all assistance we can," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "We are grateful so many were able to escape this terrible fire and pray for a swift and complete recovery for those who were injured."

Staff from the KU office of the Vice Provost for Student Success have been at the scene and in contact with some students who lived in the complex, said Frank DeSalvo, interim dean of students. The university is offering assistance to any students affected by the fire, and to the American Red Cross and other emergency response agencies.

The university encourages students who lived in any of the complex buildings to contact the Red Cross, which has established a shelter at the First Baptist Church on Kasold Drive.

Students and parents with questions about university assistance also may call the dean of students office at (785) 864-4060.

Students who need assistance in contacting faculty or handling other academic issues may contact the Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064.

KU Bookstores has established a process to help student fire victims replace their textbooks and school supplies. Affected students should present a copy of their class schedule to a cashiers and bookstore staff will take care of the details from there.

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