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MIT Dean issues statement regarding fire at Random Hall

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--MIT Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams issued the following statement regarding the fire Monday night at Random Hall:

"A 19-year old MIT sophomore suffered severe burns in a fire in her dormitory room Monday night and is in critical condition in the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is better this morning than she was last night. Our prayers are with her and her family.

"When the smoke detectors went off in her single room, a neighboring student called Campus Police and pulled the fire alarm. Other students in the dormitory evacuated the building immediately. The fire safety systems operated efficiently and the fire was confined to her room.

"We are grateful to the MIT Campus Police, the Cambridge Fire Department, the MIT Safety Office, the housemasters and others for their response to this emergency."

The MIT Campus Police and the Cambridge Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire.

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