More than 200 people were killed in a blaze at Duke University that investigators believe was intentionally set.
Key points:The university has released a list of more than 300 people killed in the fire at DukeUniversity in North CarolinaIn the US, fire safety experts are calling for a ban on all new homesThe Duke campus is the largest university in the US and one of the most prestigious in the worldProfessor John McAdams, the university’s chief academic officer, has said he expects the university to be closed by the end of the week, with the entire campus closed off to the public for the duration of the investigation.
“We do believe the campus will remain closed for the rest of the year, which is not unusual for the US,” he said.
“There are a lot of people at the university that are affected by this fire, many of whom are students, staff, faculty and other employees.”
It’s a devastating loss of life, but we want to make sure we do everything we can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
“The university said it would not be releasing further details about the incident, saying it was a sensitive time for the community.
Duke’s chief fire safety officer, James Hensley, said the fire was intentionally started to prevent students from attending classes, and that it had the “potential to kill hundreds”.”
We know the risk, we know the threat,” he told reporters.”
And we have to be able to make that decision to protect our community, to protect the safety of our people, our students and our staff, and make sure that we have a safe campus.
“Duke President Kent Brantly was also among those to be killed in Sunday’s blaze, but has not been formally identified.”
At this time, I cannot confirm that Kent Brantley is one of those who perished,” university President John Adams said.
Mr McAdams said the university had not yet released the names of those killed, but said “the vast majority” of the campus would be closed.”
The vast majority of our campus is now closed to the general public, including all residential buildings and offices,” he added.”
However, the Duke campus has been a very secure campus since the fire.
“We are committed to making sure that our safety is protected and the safety and security of our students is ensured.”
A list of students who were at the Duke University campus on Sunday can be viewed on the university website.
In an email to the media, the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights said the US government had requested a public inquiry into the Duke incident.
“While this investigation is in its early stages, we encourage our students to continue to participate in the dialogue and discussion that will determine the full extent of the harm that will occur in the months and years to come,” it said.
Dukes dean of students, John DeClercio, said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by the loss of so many students.
“Our hearts are broken for their families and friends,” he wrote.
“This loss is a terrible reminder of what can happen when a small number of irresponsible individuals cause significant harm and harm to others.”
The Duke fire was the deadliest in US history.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the blaze at the University of North Carolina campus, where at least 19 people were treated for smoke inhalation and 16 were transported to hospitals.
The Duke University fire began on the morning of Saturday, February 2.