Small fire damages dorm room at Huston-Tillotson University in east Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – A small fire damaged a dorm room at Huston-Tillotson University on Sunday evening, said the Austin Fire Department.

It happened about 7:54 p.m. in a room on the second floor of Allen-Frazier Residence Hall, a women’s dorm at the university located on Chicon Street in east Austin.

Firefighters said they had the fire knocked down by 8:13 p.m. and that the building had been evacuated. No one was hurt.

Fire investigators said the cause was an electrical short in the base of a lamp that was sitting on a cardboard box. They said it did $5,000 damage to the room.

The fire department said the building was safe to be reoccupied except for the single room where the fire happened.

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