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Mon Apr 30, 2018, 01:56 AM

UMass will offer free housing to 21 students displaced by Amherst fire

AMHERST - All 21 students displaced by a fire that damaged a multi-family apartment building are being offered free on-campus housing and meal plan assistance by the University of Massachusetts.

The fire started around 2:55 a.m., Sunday, in a six-apartment building at 285 Main St. One man was injured and has been hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation, Fire Chief Tim Nelson said.

All those who were displaced are UMass students. Officials for the Dean of Students Office met with the victims Sunday afternoon and offered to provide housing, meal plan assistance and academic support for the rest of the semester, said Ed Blaguszewski, UMass spokesman.

"Most of the students affected are graduating seniors," he said.

The last day of final exams is May 10 and graduation ceremonies are scheduled for May 11 and 12.

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/umass_will_offer_free_housing.html

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