One student hospitalized after fire at Western Kentucky University dorm

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 5, 2003

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Fear about final exams was replaced by a fear of personal safety at Western Kentucky University after a dormitory fire left one student critically injured and displaced hundreds of others.

Fire marshal's spokesman Ken Meredith said Sunday morning's fire appeared to have been set deliberately.

University spokesman Bob Skipper said a female student was hospitalized with burns and other wounds at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., about 60 miles south of Bowling Green.

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Skipper said authorities were looking at everything, including whether Sunday's early morning blaze was set accidentally by the victim. No arrests had been made as of Sunday night.

''She did have some puncture wounds, but they appear to be superficial,'' Skipper said. He said he did not have more information about the wounds, which Meredith had earlier described as stab wounds.

''I'd like to know what happened,'' said Davora Lamirande, who was forced out of her room early Sunday. ''I haven't heard anything.''