At approximately 9:45 p.m. Thursday night, Covenant College Safety & Security golf cart parked outside of Andreas lobby caught fire. Matt Owens pulled the fire alarm at 9:50, and the West Brow Fire Department arrived by about 10:00 p.m.
Micah Turner was on shuttle duty when the fire occurred, but has not been available for comment on the cause of the fire. Sarah Cretal, Matt Owens, Sarah Withers, and Tabi Olson were all in the Andreas lobby and were among the first to see the fire. Chris Stern, the RD of Andreas, was soon alerted and the fire department was called.
“Almost as soon as I saw the fire, Sarah Withers comes sprinting past and starts banging on Chris Stern’s door,” Cretal says. “Then Chris, Matt, and Micah went at it with fire extinguishers.”
All students who were in Andreas when the building was evacuated moved to the chapel. The Andreas RA team released all students after everyone was accounted for, and students were able to return to the building by 12:15 a.m.
No major damage to the building was done, though the fire burned two stories high and left the brick on that side of the building blackened with soot. The heat broke part of one picture window in Andreas lobby as well as the window of one room on Bloodfield hall. The golf cart was completely destroyed.