“I was expecting — maybe it was a drill, maybe it was a small fire,” Cluskey said. “(I) walked out on my balcony, looked right and there was just massive flames. Wow!”
Heath confirmed the intensity of the fire, which was reported around 5 a.m.
“Upon arrival, fire crews found fire protruding from the roof,” Heath said. “At 6:15 a.m. we had the fire under control.”
For those who were displaced, Purdue offered help.
“The focus now is on their immediate needs: housing, something to eat, and a place to shower,” Purdue spokeswoman Liz Evans said, noting that final exams start on May 5. “The students have been staying at the France A. Cordova Recreation Center.”
The fire and its cause remain under investigation.