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Jan. 18, 2023 7:08 p.m.
Backpack fire in Boelter Hall causes evacuations, no injuries reported

Boelter Hall, pictured. Hundreds of students evacuated the building after a backpack caught on fire in a bioengineering class. (Jeremy Chen/Assistant Photo editor)

A backpack caught on fire in a Boelter Hall classroom Wednesday, causing hundreds of students throughout the building to evacuate. 
Around 12:30 p.m., a backpack began to catch fire in Boelter Hall room 5249, where a bioengineering class was taking place, said Jeeth Pawar, a third-year bioengineering student in the class.

By Shaanth Kodialam


Sept. 30, 2022 5:04 p.m.
LAFD, UCPD respond to fires at annual Roebling block party

This post was updated Oct. 2 at 10:05 p.m.
Two fires were put out on Roebling Avenue on Thursday night after several individuals lit various objects on fire during the Roebling block party.

By Constanza Montemayor


Oct. 14, 2020 1:26 a.m.

UCLA, UCSF medical faculty say wildfires may exacerbate health effects of COVID-19

California’s wildfire smoke and COVID-19 could create an unforeseen mixture of adverse health effects for the state’s residents, UCLA medical faculty said.
Although little is known about long-term exposure to air pollutants like wildfire smoke and its particulates, there are preliminary studies that show the number and severity of COVID-19 cases are higher in areas with high air pollution, said Stephanie Christenson, a doctor and an assistant professor of pulmonology at UC San Francisco.

By Sarah Nelson

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