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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 38 comments on Allston Blaze Sends Seven Students to Hospital

  1. I saw this from my bedroom since I leave two blocks away and I could see the crazy flame. I really hope that everyone is okay and things will get better. This is the second time in my life I have ever seen flame this huge very close. Very scary indeed!

  2. Maybe we should consider putting water spinklers in all off campsu housing.
    also appoint fire marshalls in each appartment to make sure everyone is out safely and have a common meeting area.

  3. With many frat parties happening in the basements, we really have to question safety. How many exits are there? Clearly marked? Dim lights. Intoxicated students. This is a recipe for disaster. Campus security should be proactive. Fire kills.

    1. @concerned, there is nothing to say this was any way related to a frat party. Why would you even consider linking the two? Check you facts next time before posting defamatory remarks toward the Greek system.

      1. Yea there’s really no need to post inflamatory remarks directed at the frats. Its already enough that they’re unimaginative chimpanzees. No need to rub it in.

        1. THat’s really out of line. I’m not even in the Greek System but it’s bs how people constantly seek to slander them every time the word “fraternity” is even cited in an article. Grow up.

          1. I would like to make clear that the Greek community at Boston University has responded in such an amazing way to this situation, and has done more and offerred to do more than anyone could ever want. It’s times like these where people need to realize what makes the Greek system unique and how in times of need, we will all come together and help one another as much as we possibly can. Fires happen everywhere and so many people lose everything because of them. These gentlemen lost everything they had but more than anything are so grateful to still have each other – they realize what’s important.

  4. Three students at Marist College in NY were not so fortunate. Their off-campus house caught fire early Sunday morning also, but they were not able to escape. As a volunteer fire fighter, I urge all students to heed the advice in this article and also hold practice drills whenever you first move into a new residence.

  5. I lived in this house for a year in 2007 with my 6 friends.. My room was in the attic and I used to think this would be a tough house to get out of with a fire.. I hope all the guys are alright

    1. Someone who hasn’t been raised with any measure of self-reliance or independence, that’s who. In other words….the majority of college students these days, unfortunately.

      1. excuse you but maybe someone who thought they may not make it out alive wanted to call their family to tell them before they heard about it from a police officer. BU students have not typically “not been raised with any measure of self-reliance or independence” watch what you say on the internet before you say it. people were seriously injured in this fire and this is no place to diss the actions of a young student in a dangerous situation.

        1. If my children were in a fire, I would want them to call the authorities to try and save themselves–and the others with them–long before calling me. At least then I would know they did everything they could to help themselves and others. I’m sorry if my assessment of modern parenting is offensive to you, but I didn’t write it to “diss” a college student. I wrote it to show what happens when parents raise children who can’t solve their own problems.

  6. The BUPD police chief really needs to get a grip on reality. Linden Street is not part of BU property, it is part of the City of Boston, and as such, does not concern BUPD. Making a statement that students should be calling the BUPD for emergencies that occur off campus is nothing short of an attempt to subvert the 9-1-1 system. The only thing that calling them does is delay the response of appropriate emergency services, as once BUPD gets the correct information, they have to give it to 9-1-1. All this does is increase the potential that information will get confused during the relay of information.

    1. BUPD isn’t trying to “subvert the 911 system”. We learned in RA training that calling 911 on a cell phone goes to call centers from the area code that the cell phone is from. This means that 80% of BU students would be calling 911 elsewhere in the country, obviously delaying their ability to help. BUPD has an extremely quick response time and should be the first emergency call for BU students, on and off campus.

      1. Your RA training is 100% wrong, and this is very VERY serious. I certainly hope you contact someone and get the correct information out there.

        A call from a cell phone to 911 goes to the nearest tower (usually)and then is routed to the NEAREST Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP, which is a fancy way of saying 911 Center) to the PHONE. It is never EVER based on the area code of the phone, and the fact that this misinformation is out there is truly terrifying.

        What a failure the 911 system would be if your assertion were true.

      2. It’s pointed out above that your information is wrong, but the rest of that reply doesn’t contain accurate information. When you call 9-1-1 from a cell phone in Massachusetts, it is routed to the State Police in Framingham, who have the ability to transfer the call directly to any city or town in the state once they have determined the jurisdiction. When that call is transferred, it also transfers the phone number, closest cell tower, and GPS info of the phone, allowing a 9-1-1 operator to obtain a position on a map that is usually within 300 feet of where the caller is. If they call BUPD, which is NOT an authorized Public Safety Answering Point in Massachusetts, none of the data associated with the phone is transferred, as it’s just a regular phone call. 9-1-1 is designed to get information to get responders to the scene. Anyone who says to call them instead of 9-1-1 IS subverting the system.

        1. Regardless of whether or not the data associated with the phone transfers, the fact remains. If I am a student at BU, and I’m from Wisconsin and my cell phone has a Wisconson area code, the call does not go to a Wisconsin PSAP when I call 911. BU should not be telling RAs, or anyone else, that this is the case.

    2. BUPD are really bored, and just want some calls to respond too. Their way bigger dicks then Boston / Brookline cops. They kind of hall that “mall cop” inferiority complex.

      1. I shudder to think that a student at Boston University (which I am fervently hoping you are not) doesn’t know the difference between too and to, and their and they’re.

  7. This sums up the stereotype of BU students. Clueless, entitled, spoiled rich kids with no clue how to function in the real world. “Mommy, Daddy, there’s a fire, can you pay someone to make it go away?!?!


      1. Matty B why don’t you say your real name so we can talk in person? I have 3 friends still in the hospital right now and the last thing they need is to be incorrectly stereotyped…

  8. I’ve been told that the direct number for Boston 911 is 617-343-4911. If you call from a cell phone, that should route you directly to the City of Boston’s 911 Call Center, without going through State Police.

    And I’m not surprised that a kid called their mom instead of 911. When I was a freshman in 2003, our orientation contained reminders to avoid underage drinking, illegal drugs, and to be careful with urban crime and traffic. I was a freshman mentor in 2006, and by then they’d added in warnings about not playing on the frozen Charles River, not playing on train tracks, detailed and explicit directions on how to cross the street, and why you shouldn’t wander around by yourself in the dark with your iPod on. Sadly, in three years, we went from college students acting like dumb college students to college students acting like dumb 6th graders.

    1. Just worth noting, 617-343-4911 is given out as an alternate number. 9-1-1 is still the preferred method. There is no Automatic Number Information, Automatic Location Information or GPS data transferred when you call this number, meaning that if you don’t know where you are, or are unable to speak, the time it will take to get you help will be significantly longer. The system is setup so that people call one number, and a response to the correct location can be initiated based on very little information from the actual caller if necessary.

  9. My son Cody died in a similiar situation eight years ago. Early morning fire, Sigma Alpha Mu affiliation. Unfortunately, there were no smoke alarms on the side of the house he lived in. This event will change lives forever and not for the better. Thankful there were smoke alarms in this case although tragedy still occurred. The best prevention is preparation – smoke alarms and knowing how to get out if a fire occurs. My heart breaks for the family left behind. God bless.

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