On Friday, around 4 p.m., Campus Safety received a phone call informing them that students smelled smoke in the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) house. According to a police report from the Galesburg Police Department, senior Bobby Cassens had been smoking on the fire escape of TKE that afternoon and a small fire had started on the exterior of the third floor of the building. The fire alarms in the building had not yet gone off.
“It was good reporting on the part of the students [that smelled smoke],” Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf said.
Only once Campus Safety officer David Rayborn arrived at TKE was he manually able to trip the alarm.
When the Galesburg Fire Department arrived, they deemed it a case of improper use of smoking materials and Cassens was issued an administrative ticket for smoking where prohibited.
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