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OSU student reportedly sets fire to room, leaps from residence hall

An OSU student "had been experiencing a crisis and remained in his residence hall room for several hours" on April 24, 2018, university officials said. (SBG)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A situation involving the welfare of an Oregon State University student and Hawley Hall resident was resolved Tuesday night at approximately 10:30, according to the Oregon State Police and the OSU Department of Public Safety, university officials said.

The student "had been experiencing a crisis and remained in his residence hall room for several hours Tuesday," officials said.

Specially trained OSP crisis communicators and representatives from the Benton County Mental Health Department were on the scene for several hours talking with the student to help resolve the issue peacefully.

After several hours, he reportedly set fire to his room and leapt from his fifth floor window. He was detained by law enforcement and transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

The fire was extinguished by the hall’s sprinkler system.

Specialized OSP troopers arrived on campus Tuesday evening to provide for crisis support and public safety, school officials said.

"As a precautionary measure, residents of the fifth floor of Hawley Hall will remain evacuated pending further notice," OSU said in a news release. "OSU’s Department of Public Safety asks that OSU community members and the general public stay out of the area, bordering Southwest Jefferson Way, Southwest Weatherford Place, Southwest Intramural Lane and Southwest Sackett Place until further notice."

DEVELOPING STORY | This story will be updated as new information is confirmed.

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