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ECC’s Thompson Hall residents move back to campus

ECC student Sam Seedorff

ECC student Sam Seedorff

The Ellsworth Community College student residents of Thompson Hall were able to return to their residence hall this weekend after the state fire marshal gave the green light.  This return to their on-campus housing happened nearly one month after the 150 male residents were displaced by an electrical fire and subsequent smoke damage. In the interim, the affected students were housed in other ECC campus housing and the Iowa Falls Super 8 and AmericInn motels.

A lot of work went in to ensuring Thompson Hall was restored quickly and completely.  The College contracted with L.J. Roth Restoration Service to conduct the smoke abatement and cleaning following the electrical fire.  There was also some damage to the ceiling in the room where the fire occurred which necessitated structural and electrical repairs.  Additionally, the College replaced all mattress in Thompson Hall, and the L.J. Roth crew did extensive cleaning and painting.

The ECC students said they were grateful for their temporary accommodations while work was progressing and expressed gratitude for the space and supplies donated by college staff and community members.  Those staying at the hotels were glad to take advantage of the hottub and cleaning services … ECC student Samuel Seedorff of Janesville said with a laugh that he enjoyed having his bed made up each morning.

These luxuries were much appreciated and will be missed, but Thompson residents are happy to be able to return to their own building.  Those who stayed off campus were excited to be back in close proximity to classes and activities, while those who stayed in other locations on campus are grateful to have a bed and a little more personal space versus a cot.

Adam Fahs, ECC Assistant Director of Residence Life, who was also displaced after the fire, said that while this is certainly not what you want to have happen, the whole ordeal brought the men of Thompson Hall closer together and that the residents overall maintained a positive mindset.

Certainly much of that positivity can be attributed to the outpouring of support from the community and ECC faculty and staff.  Now that Thompson Hall is re-opened to residents, it is just a matter of settling back in.

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