Fire in South Dining Hall causes minimal damage; no injuries

by Dennis Brown

A fire in the South Dining Hall at the University of Notre Dame early Saturday morning (March 25) caused minimal damage, according to John Antonucci, operations chief for the Notre Dame Fire Department. There were no injuries, he said.

Firefighters responded to an alarm at3:16 a.m.and had the fire under control at about3:40 a.m., Antonucci said. Units from both the Notre Dame and South Bend Fire Departments were on the scene.

Antonucci said an electrical short in an exhaust fan in Reckers restaurant caused the fire.

Several dining hall employees and students were in the building at the time of the fire, according to David Prentkowski, director of food services. Reckers is a 24-hour dining facility.

Prentkowski said dining hall operations would not be affected by the fire damage, and that he expected Reckers to reopen later Saturday with a reduced menu.

The cost of the damage is not yet available.

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