No Injuries in Fire at CY II Sunday Night

A fire at Columbus State University’s Courtyard II student apartment complex displaced 25 students Sunday night. There were no injuries.

Columbus Fire Department received their call about the fire at 5:20 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived at the complex on Gentian Boulevard, officials reported finding heavy smoke in and around Building O on the property.

Fire department crews, then officers from Columbus Police Department, verified that there were no injuries, and that there was no one in any of the buildings. The fire investigator on scene Sunday night reported that the cause was an accidental kitchen fire that started in one of the apartments.

University officials worked Sunday night to relocate the 25 students living in the 10-unit building that was damaged. About 10 students were assigned a new room on campus, and the remaining students were moved to a local hotel. Officials from University Police, Student Affairs, Residence Life, Logistics, Transportation and the Counseling Center were all on scene to assist students.

"We are fortunate there were no injuries, said Gina Sheeks, CSU's vice president for Student Affairs. "I am grateful for how the whole CSU community is helping our students."

About 350 students live at Courtyard II, a housing complex owned by GreenHill Partners and leased to the university this year for student housing.