Nov. 9, 2007
Displaced by a fire in their Mill Street residence Tuesday, five Ohio University undergraduates have found alternative housing and are moving the items they have been able to salvage.
The students living in the house are taking part in a new, experimental Jewish housing cooperative through the Hillel Jewish organization at the university, under the direction of Rabbi Danielle Leshaw. The rabbi said the university offered residence hall rooms to all of the students, and one chose to move onto campus for the remainder of the quarter. The others are temporarily living with friends.
"We have had really nice support from the university," she said. "They (Student Affairs staff members) have been really helpful."
Though no one was injured in the fire, the cause of which Athens Fire Chief Bob Troxel said could not be determined definitively, two of the students lost all of their belongings. Firefighters were able to contain the flames and extinguish the fire quickly, but many items were destroyed by fire, smoke and water.
"The students' parents have come down, and everybody is working to get everything they can out and moved," Leshaw said.
The homeowner, Felix Gagliano, said repairs are underway and the students should be able move back in at the start of winter quarter.