FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Confirms Fire at the Jesuit Residence Hall
Residents Evacuate, No Injuries Reported
A fire broke out in the dining room of the five-story Jesuit Residence Hall located at 6347 N. Kenmore on Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus. All 32 residents living there at the time of the fire were evacuated quickly and calmly and fortunately no one was injured. Campus Safety Services, Chicago Police and Fire Departments were able to contain the fire to the dining hall and all residents were able to re-enter the Hall after the fire was out and a thorough inspection was completed.
As of now, the cause of the fire is still under investigation and being conducted by Chicago’s Fire Department and law enforcement agencies.
Loyola is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and visitors alike. In light of the new semester, and in response to recent events, this is a perfect opportunity to remind everyone of the safety programs, initiatives and resources that are available at Loyola.
Please visit the campus safety websites at www.luc.edu/depts/safety for a complete listing and for more information. Below is a sample of what is available:
-Fire Safety tips on campus include: Activate fire alarm pull station; evacuate the building using preplanned escape routes; do not use the elevator; gather at a preplanned assembly location; inform campus safety of anyone who is unable to evacuate building; do not attempt to extinguish the fire.
-An emergency contact link that provides a listing of emergency telephone numbers as well as information on reporting emergencies, campus emergency call boxes and safety bulletin board locations.
-Crime prevention tips, links to information on safety programs and self-defense classes.
-A police log.
-Hot Spot Tours that explore the neighborhood surrounding Loyola and are led by crime prevention specialists.
-The student escort service (8-RIDE), providing students with a safe transportation alternative between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Please see the website for additional information on boundaries and schedule changes
If you have an emergency on campus, call 44-911 from an on-campus telephone or emergency call box. Questions or concerns about campus safety can be addressed to the Department of Campus Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Jeff Heilizer at 773.508.2463.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.