Arson in Campbell? Third fire alarm in three weeks

By Jase Brandt Sterling, KS — Feb 24, 2018, 12:52 P.M.

The residents of Campbell Hall were treated to their third fire alarm in the last three weeks at approximately 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Phil Taylor, the Resident Director of both Campbell and Douglas Men’s Halls, gave some insight into the nights the fire alarms went off.

The first trash can fire took place Friday, Feb. 7 at approximately 8:40 p.m. It was Campbell’s first incident of a trash can catching fire this year and happened in a bathroom on the second floor. The second fire alarm was a scheduled fire drill about a week later. Campbell’s third, and most recent, fire was another trash can catching fire on the same floor but in different bathroom. It is not yet known if they were accidental or planned. The proper authorities were contacted following both incidents. Leads and suspicions cannot be released by those involved given the fact that the situation is now an ongoing criminal investigation. Phil Taylor’s statement regarding the incident is as follows:

“…[I]f this is an individual who is responsible for both of the fires, I would like to inform them that there are…greater implications to what they’re doing than they realize given the fact that this is now a criminal investigation. The danger that they put every resident in is extremely serious…I would like to say to anyone else who might know something about this, be that from…witnessing, suspecting, or perhaps hearing, we would really appreciate that information. We see that as a means of keeping this campus safer and that’s a responsibility that I believe every student on this campus has, not just the staff.”

Safety is the main concern of those who were questioned. They would all like to remind everyone to stay safe, be smart, and think about the implications your actions have on others. There are 85 residents in Campbell Hall, including Phil’s wife and two young daughters. Whether this was an accident or done on purpose, it should be taken seriously by everyone as they, among others, were all put at risk. The investigation is still ongoing.