TSTC working to help students impacted by dorm fire

SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB) - A student housing building on the campus of Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater was destroyed by fire Wednesday. TSTC campus officials say they're working to help the 28 students who lost their home on the campus with short and long term needs.

"We know that going to college is hard enough without things like this happening, but TSTC is helping in anyway we can," says Maria Aguirre, Executive Director for Communication and Creative Services for TSTC.

Aguirre says TSTC has arranged for the students to stay in motels for the next three days, along with accommodations for food.

Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden says the fire was difficult to fight.

"There was fire in a common work way down the middle of the dorms," Chief Madden says.

He says water was a big issue when fighting the fire.

"We ran out of water before we hooked up to the hydrant," Chief Madden says. "The hydrants are quite a way apart out here. Once we got water to the truck we were at 30 PSI which is very inadequate for a fire this size."

That's why they had no choice but to let the Bluebonnet Inn be considered a total loss. The Bluebonnet Inn was the newest of the TSTC Sweetwater dorms. It was built in 2001.

Aguirre says she is just thankful all of the students are safe.

"We are tremendously blessed and grateful that our students are safe," she says. "That is our number one priority that our students or no one else is hurt. You know, material things can be replaced and we hope to help those students in that case, but we are just grateful that our students are safe."

TSTC will have counselors on campus Wednesday evening and Thursday for students who may be suffering from shock or grief.


If you want to help those impacted by the fire, click here: http://bit.ly/2GXqJI7



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