A week after a fire left dozens of Penn State students homeless, the university is announcing additional assistance.
There were 48 students displaced when the April 20 blaze broke out at off-campus apartment complex The Park at State College off Blue Course Drive in Ferguson Township. The fire came just before finals and graduation, leaving many students scrambling to find ways to stay at school for a few more weeks, rather than signing new leases for a whole semester.
Penn State’s parking office is providing those displaced students finishing out the spring semester with parking in lots 42 and 83.
The parking is the latest way support has been offered to the victims of the fire.
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The students have also received help with replacing textbooks, on-campus housing, assistance arranging accommodations with their professors, food, financial help and counseling.
According to Alpha Fire Company, the blaze most likely started with “discarded smoking material.”
Penn State President Eric Barron said he is proud of how the university and the community have stepped up in the emergency situation.