A fire prevention workshop will be held from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday in Webb Hall 1. The Office of International Education and Student Affairs are working in conjunction with the City of Emporia Fire Department to bring this workshop, “Zheng Lin and Yawei Fan: A Tribute,” about fire safety and prevention to the general public in memory of Lin and Fan, two international students from China who lost their lives in an apartment fire near campus last October.
“The purpose of this workshop is to prevent similar incidents and educate people, especially young people who have never lived on their own, about fire hazards in apartments or homes, basic fire safety techniques, and – a commonly misunderstood concept – their rights as a tenant in regards to fire prevention,” said the OIE in an email sent to Recognized Student Organization yesterday afternoon.
According to Bulletin archives and authorities from the Emporia Fire Department, the fire was caused by combustibles left too close to a floor furnace, including clothing, paper and other personal items.
“After the fatal fire last fall, we realized that we have students in our community that are not familiar with the type of heating equipment that they may encounter in off campus housing here in Emporia,” said Tom Andrews, fire marshal, in an interview with The Bulletin last spring.
Captain Larry Bess, Battalion Chief Rex Fisher and Andrews will speak at the event.