- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Fire code violations have forced inspectors to ban residents from a fraternity house at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, authorities said.

A suspicious liquid was found in the Sigma Nu basement on Sunday afternoon, and there was a haze throughout the house when firefighters responded to an alarm, Fire Capt. Jim Bopp told the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1aEbYFT ).

The haze and chemical smell were caused by a hand-held fire extinguisher and household cleaning supplies in the basement.

“Frankly the house was a mess,” said Juan Franco, UNL’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

Franco said the fraternity likely will face university discipline.

Several bottles of alcohol were found inside the house. University police officers were also looking into whether or not the fire alarm had been tampered with.

City fire inspector Rick Campos said inspectors will provide the fraternity with a full list of things to correct after a walkthrough on Tuesday.

“We’re going to make sure the house is safe before we let people move back in,” he said. “It could be a few days, it could be a couple months.”

The fraternity house was condemned last May and residents were allowed to move back into the house in June.

Campos banned the 50 or so fraternity members from the house until the code violations are corrected.

Some of the students have moved in with family and friends in Lincoln, and Franco said the university also offered the fraternity members some university housing in campus dorms.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com



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