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Published August 23, 2013, 06:27 PM

MSUM campus blaze broke this morning

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - MSUM officials call it a "dramatic introduction," and new students: "A rough welcome," all after a blaze broke early this morning right on campus.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - MSUM officials call it a "dramatic introduction," and new students: "A rough welcome," all after a blaze broke early this morning right on campus.

Construction materials caught fire, causing thousands of dollars in damage and student evacuations.

In just their second night on campus, MSUM students awoke to unexpected chaos out their windows.

David Wahlberg- MSUM Marketing Director: "Kind of a rude awakening that, welcome to college."

Especially for freshmen just in for orientation who've never been here before.

Hannah Neibert- Evacuated Freshman: "I was freaking out."

Freshman Hannah Neibert was sleeping when a fire flared up in a construction pile right next to her dorm room.

Neibert: "It was a little after 3, then I heard this really loud buzzing noise."

Lexi Blyere- Evacuated Sophomore: "The alarms were going off. I was confused. I was like 'What's going on?'"

That's when they looked outside to this.

Blyere: "We saw a big billow of smoke overhead and that's when we knew something serious was happening."

After the blaze broke out, authorities went through two nearby residence halls, East and South Snarr, trying to get students out of their dorm rooms in case the fire spread.

Neibert: "We were all scared and hiding in the parking lot."

They watched fire crews trying get everything under control. Luckily, they did that in about an hour before flames spread too far, and let students safely back inside.

Wahlberg: "And have something like this in the middle of the night come along can be a pretty dramatic introduction to college."

Blyere: "I'm just glad everyone is okay."

Fire crews say they still aren't sure how the fire started.

The fire marshall was off sick today and not able to investigate the cause. Authorities say the damage looks to be about $15,000 to $20,000.

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