Fire at TC's Crawford Hall Monday
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA — Clouds of smoke billowed from open windows and the eastern stairwell of Crawford Hall at Talladega College Monday.

Talladega Fire Chief Danny Warwick said the call about the fire was received at 2:48 p.m. and units arrived at the scene less than 3 minutes later.

Three fire engines and multiple emergency response vehicles converged on Martin Luther King Drive and the dormitory’s parking area while groups of students gathered to watch the scene unfold.

The all-male dormitory was built in 1968 and named after Class of 1900 graduate and attorney George W. Crawford.

“We know that it started in a third floor room,” Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins said. “School is currently out and not in session. There were only a few students in the dormitory who are set to perform in the commencement on Sunday.”

Warwick said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and firefighters rescued one student through a dormitory window. The student was taken to Citizens Baptist Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The student’s name and condition had not been released Monday.

Hawkins seemed relieved the situation was handled in a timely, proficient manner.

“Everyone was evacuated from the building,” he said. “We are waiting on the fire investigation from the Talladega Fire Department to tell us how it started.”

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