Students evacuated from Raven Rocks Hall after laundry fire


Becca Bridges

Raven Rocks Residence Hall was evacuated after a dryer caught fire Thursday afternoon.

Abi Pepin, Reporter

Students were evacuated from Raven Rocks Residence Hall for reports of smoke Thursday.

Andy Stephenson, chief of App State Police, said a resident assistant saw the smoke and notified App State’s dispatch center at 3:13 p.m.

Stephenson said first responders determined that a mattress cover caught on fire while in a dryer.

Alex Seamon, a resident of Raven Rocks, said she was in the laundry room right before the fire.

“I actually came down to get my clothes out of the dryer and noticed a smoke smell,” Seamon said. “I didn’t think much of it until the fire alarm went off.”

Seamon said students were evacuated for about an hour and a half.

There were no injuries or property damage, Stephenson said, excepting the mattress cover and dryer.