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Fire engulfs La. frat house, no serious injuries

Fire engulfs Louisiana Tech fraternity house; 3 firefighters treated but no students hurt By The Associated Press

RUSTON, La. (AP) ' A fire has gutted a Louisiana Tech University fraternity house, resulting in minor injuries to three firefighters but none to students.

Lt. Tim Parker of the Ruston police said firefighters responded to a 4:35 p.m. CDT call about a fire at the Pike fraternity house at the edge of the Tech campus in northern Louisiana. The fire engulfed the building and caused the roof to collapse and items to be ejected from the house. But Parker denied initial reports that there was an explosion.

He said three firefighters were treated at a nearby hospital. Two suffered from heat exhaustion, while a third was hurt when he was on stairs that gave way.

Students were all evacuated safely.

Parker said every available fire unit in the city responded and were still battling the blaze more than two hours after it started. The cause is under investigation.

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