Fire may have damaged community college dorm beyond repair

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) – Hinds Community College officials say a 136-bed dormitory may not be salvageable after it was heavily damaged in a Monday fire.

Spokeswoman Cathy Hayden said Tuesday that officials are working on temporary placements for residents of Williams Hall, a pair of former Army barracks that have been on the school’s Raymond campus since 1947. All of Hinds’ other 1,400 dorm beds are reserved for the fall semester, but Housing Director DeAndre House says some beds will open as students make other plans.

Williams Hall houses athletes and band members. Two coaches were living there and six students had begun moving in. Those students stayed at the college’s conference center Monday, with the college providing gift cards and clothing to cover students’ losses.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.