Fire destroys Theta Chi house; No injuries reported
Fire destroyed the Theta Chi fraternity house Sunday night but all ten residents survived without injuries. The tragedy has brought together the GC community as illustrated by generous donations of money, shelter and food.
GC released this statement via Frontpage:
"As many of you may have heard, the Theta Chi fraternity house caught fire earlier this evening. All ten students living there are safe, and GC is assisting them to ensure they have accommodations and essential supplies."
A GoFundMe page in support of the fraternity has surpassed its $3,000 goal, raising upwards of $20,000.
"On Sunday Feb. 10, the Theta Chi house at GC burned down with most of the resident’s belongings still inside the house," the page reads.
Other organizations also chipped in. The Bellamy Milledgeville offered housing for the students.
"The Fraternity is grateful to the large number of individuals who have already reached out and asks that all keep our brothers of Iota Xi Chapter in their thoughts tonight and in the days ahead," the national chapter of Theta Chi said via Facebook.
Student organizations have scheduled a prayer night at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Center to help students cope with a week that included a tragic death, a stomach virus outbreak, an armed robbery and Sunday's fire.
The city of Milledgeville is asking residents to keep their distance from the house.
"Please for your safety and welfare please avoid coming to towards this area. Our fire department and first responders have the fire disaster under control," Mayor Mary Parham Copelan said via Facebook.
Sirens wailed in the area around 6:20 p.m. Sunday as a thick black cloud of smoke filled the air. Fire consumed the house, shooting flames out of the windows and engulfing the roof.
"I was down the street at my friend's house and we could see smoke going into the air from her front porch," said Annmarie Leahy, a senior nursing major. "Fire trucks and police kept coming and then the sidewalks filled with students and residents nearby."
The Colonnade will continue to update this page as new details emerge.
Top photo by Brendan Borders | Senior Writer
This story was updated at 9:54 p.m. and again at 12:07 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.