Power loss could displace Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity members

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 2:15 p.m. CST; updated 2:34 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Matt Witte, left, and Tau Kappa Epsilon President Dustin Thoenen stand outside the fraternity house Tuesday while the Columbia Fire Department investigates a reported structure fire. Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said there was light smoke over the roof when the Columbia Fire Department arrived at the scene.

COLUMBIA — Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity might have to find another place to stay after a delivery truck inadvertently knocked over a power pole in their parking lot. No one was injured.

Dustin Thoenen, president of the fraternity, said about 30 people had to evacuate the building at 24 E. Stewart Road. When the smoke alarms went off, Thoenen called the Columbia Fire Department at 12:31 p.m.


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Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said a “standard rescue squad” arrived about five minutes later and was “very pleased” that the residents evacuated.

The house is being inspected for electrical hot spots on the third floor and the basement using thermal imaging technology.

Sapp said arrangements might have to be made for the residents for the night in case the power cannot be restored.

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