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Firefighters Move Out Of UNC Asheville Dorms After Sufficient Repairs Completed

UNC Asheville
The Woods complex under construction earlier this year

Firefighters are no longer stationed at a new student residence complex on the campus of UNC Asheville.  The school said in a statement that sufficient repairs to the buildings have been made so that a 24-hour fire watch is no longer needed.

The five buildings that make up The Woods complex on campus opened in August.  But just as the fall semester at UNC Asheville was set to begin, the complex was abruptly closed by order of the North Carolina department of insurance.  Concerns lingered about fire safety issues in the complex, and in particular how students would be able to evacuate the buildings in the event of a fire as firefighters would be entering it. 

Just a day after The Woods was closed, it was re-opened but Asheville firefighters were stationed there as a precaution at the cost of roughly $25-hundred a day to the school until fixes to standpipes, stairwells and other measures were completed.  Those were finished this week, and firefighters have moved out according to the school, which in a statement said remaining work to add a sprinkler system in the unoccupied attics of the complex would be completed in late November. 

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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