Fire Statistics

The purpose of this report is to document all fires that occurred on the properties owned, occupied or leased by Sam Houston State University This report is in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315).

Fire Statistics:From 8/14/08 – Present

12/15/08, 2:45 pm – electrical fire in HVAC unit in room 408 University Hotel.
Number of Deaths: None
Number Injuries: None
Value of damaged property: $2000.00
Cause of fire: Mechanical failure

5/1/09, 1:37 pm – fire in trash dumpster in Bearkat Village Apartments parking lot.
Number of Deaths: None
Number Injuries: None
Value of damaged property: $50.00
Cause of fire: Undetermined

5/12/09, 8:01 pm – fire in trash dumpster in Jackson Shaver Dormitory parking lot.
Number of Deaths: None
Number Injuries: None
Value of damaged property: $50.00
Cause of fire: Undetermined

7/16/09, 4:10 pm – fire in trash can in room 203 in Smith Hutson Business Building.
Number of Deaths: None
Number Injuries: None
Value of damaged property: No damage
Cause of fire: Accidental

11/04/09, 10:59 PM - Fire in trash can located on the northeast exterior landing of the second floor in the Music Building.
Number of Deaths: None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: No Damage
Cause of Fire: Accidental

12/24/2009, 4:18 PM - Fire reported in the 1300 block of Avenue O (Pritchett Field) on an electrical pole.
Number of Deaths: None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damage Property: Unknown
Cause of Fire: Weather

12/16/2010, 11:03 PM - Fire reported at Bearkat Village #158 in the kitchen (stove area).

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damage Property: $1,000 estimated
Cause of Fire: Cooking on stove top

01/21/2011, 09:15 AM - Smoke/Fire reported in the Administration Building 3rd Floor Mechanical Room.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property:  $500.00 estimate (replace Air Pusher that shorted out)
Cause of Fire: Air Pusher device shorted out and caught fire causing smoke.

04/26/2011, 1:35 AM - Power pole struck by lightening and caught fire located at the intersection of Bowers Boulevard and Avenue J.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: Replacement of electrical wire contacts.
Cause of Fire: Lightening.
Value of Damaged Property: Approximately $8,000.00 to replace electrical connections damaged by lightening and subsequent fire.

06/17/201, 10:41 AM - Officer dispatched to Gibbs Ranch, located at 104 Fraser, in reference to a barrel that exploded, caught fire, while being welded on.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: None
Cause of Fire: Welding Accident, Human Error
Value of Damaged Property: None - old barrel that was destroyed.

07/14/2011, 9:54 PM - Officer dispatched to Bearkat Village, 2401 Montgomery Road, in reference to a reported fire in an apartment.  Fire was suppressed prior to arrival by overhead sprinkler system.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: Unknown at this time. Significant damage.
Cause of Fire: Cooking

09/29/2011, 3:10 PM - Officer was dispatched to the Smith-Hutson Building (located at 1821 Avenue I) in reference to smoke in the building.  Smoke was determined to be by fire and or smoldering roofing material.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: $3,500.00
Cause of Fire: Construction Accident

01/07/2012, 9:24 PM - Officer was dispatched to the Ron Mafrige Field House (located at 620 Bowers Boulevard) in reference to a fire alarm. Upon arrival, a burning odor was detected.  The Huntsville Fire Department was summoned to the scene.  The source of the burning odor was determined to be an electrical box that shorted out and caused smoke and or a small fire.  Minimal damage was observed.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: $500.00
Cause of Fire: Electrical

04/25/2012, 5:30 PM - Officer was dispatched to Gibbs Ranch (104 Fraser Road) in reference to a fire.  Upon arrival, fire department was already on scene.  Complainant reported that a contractor owned hay baler caught fire.  There was no damage to University property.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: Unknown, equipment does not belong to University
Cause of Fire: Possible Faulty Bearings

09/07/2012, 6:55 PM - Officer was dispatched to Gibbs Ranch (104 Fraser Road) in reference to a report of a fire.  Upon arrival, officer met with the fire department (on scene) who reported that they responded to a grass fire located in a hay field that had just been cut.  The fire burned approximately three acres of shredded grass (1212417).

Number of Deaths: None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: Unknown
Cause of Fire: Unknown

11/26/2012, 2:32 PM - Officer was dispatched to the Lee Drain Building (1901 Avenue I) in reference to a fire alarm.  Upon arrival, officer located a mechanical room on the first floor that had smoke coming from it.  The Huntsville Fire Department was notified and arrived a short time later.  It was determined that an elevator motor had burned up causing heat and smoke in the mechanical room.  At 4 PM, the building was cleared and reopened for normal operations.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: $2000.00
Cause of Fire: Unknown

01/29/2013, 10:04 AM - Officers were dispatched to the Smith-Hutson Building (1821 Avenue I) at 10:04 AM in reference to a report of a fire.  Upon arrival, an officer noted smoke on the floor of the the building and met with a university electrician who reported that an elevator motor had burned up. The building was evacuated and members of the Huntsville Fire Department arrived and confirmed the situation.  The building was reopened at 12:15 PM for normal operations.

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: $2000.00
Cause of Fire: Unknown

05/08/2013, 9:43 AM - An officer responded to 1600 Avenue I (Rachael Jackson Hall) at 9:43 AM in reference to smoke coming from a dryer vent.  Upon inspection, it was determined that a female university student was drying a pair of boots in the dryer.  The boots rubber soles melted causing the dryer to overheat.  Inspection by maintenance personnel indicated that there was no damage to the dryer and further stated that the debris from the boots caused the smoke in the dryer (137048).

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries: None
Value of Damaged Property: None
Cause of Fire: No actual fire, drying boots in dryer at high temperature.

09/03/2013, 11:57 PM - An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of Bowers Boulevard (university parking area) in reference to a report of a vehicle fire.  Upon arrival, officer retrieved a fire extinguisher from a nearby residence hall and extinguished the flames.  The Huntsville Fire Department also arrived on scene to extinguish the flames (13-12579).

Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries:  None
Value of Damaged Property:  Unknown
Cause of Fire:  Located in engine compartment, unknown.

10/19/2013, 9:44 AM - An officer responded to the University Hotel (1640 Bobby K Marks) in reference to a report of smoke.  Upon arrival, the officer located smoke on the fourth floor of the building.  An air handler was found to be operating with a smoldering substance.  The Huntsville Fire Department and university maintenance staff responded and there appeared to be no damage to personal or private property (13-15671).
Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries:  None
Value of Property Damage:  None
Cause of Fire:  Air handler malfunction.

10/28/2013, 7:06 PM - An officer was dispatched to Raven Nest Golf Course (457 IH-45 South) at 7:06 PM in reference to a report of a small fire.  Upon arrival, a small fire was located that had been put out.  It appears from the evidence at the scene that a cigarette was tossed onto a pile of cardboard igniting it.  No actual building damages were noted (13-16296).
Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries:  None
Value of Property Damage:  None:

Cause of Fire:  Cigarette thrown onto cardboard pile.

13-17159, 9:48 PM, Fire – Officer was dispatched to Raven Village, located at 2133 Avenue I, in reference to a vehicle fire.  Upon arrival, the officer observed a silver 4-door passenger vehicle with light smoke coming from it.  Upon making contact with the owner he stated he attempted to start his vehicle and observed flames from the driver’s air vent.  At that time he extinguished the fire with a nearby fire extinguisher from Raven Village.  The Huntsville Fire Department was already dispatched and arrived on scene.  Additionally, the university safety coordinator was notified of the incident as well.  A report was filed.
Number of Deaths:  None
Number of Injuries:  None
Value of Property Damage:  Unknown (not a university vehicle)
Cause of Fire:  Unknown (non-university property/private).

06/04/2014, 14-8210 - 12:21 AM - Fire - A fire alarm was received from White Hall and when Officers
arrived on scene they observed smoke on the first floor of the south side of the building.  Contact was made with the Hall Director to determine if there were any residents in White Hall at the
time.  According to the Hall Director, there were two residents and Officers made sure that those
residents were evacuated.  The Huntsville Fire Department arrived on scene and they determined that the fire was extinguished and did not spread to any other portion of the building.  The cause of the heavy smoke appears to have come from an emergency lighting fixture that caught fire and melted. Physical Plant, Alarm Maintenance, and the University Safety Officer were notified of the
fire and all of them responded to White Hall to assess the situation and make repairs needed for the remainder of the night.

Number of Deaths:  None

Number of Injuries:  None

Value of Property Damage:  Unknown
Cause of Fire:  Emergency Lighting unit melted or caught fire.  Fire did not spread to any other portion of building.


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