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Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.

Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.

“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”

Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.

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Residential Fire at 405 Meadowmont Lane, July 17

Post Date:07/17/2017 9:48 PM
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The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 8:04 p.m. Monday, July 17, at 405 Meadowmont Lane. The caller reported a fire in the kitchen.

Two residents were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.

The residents successfully extinguished the fire with a home fire extinguisher upon arrival of the first Chapel Hill Fire Department engine company. The fire was limited to the stove area. A second engine company assisted in evacuating the heavy smoke that was a result of the fire. In all, nine fire personnel were on scene and were assisted by the South Orange Rescue Squad.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

It is important to perform regular cleanings on and around your stove, including the fan hood. Grease can build up and provide fuel for a fire.

The National Fire Protection Agency has some helpful tips to keep in mind if you're involved in a cooking fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For more helpful information about cooking safety, visit: nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking.

For more information, contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at rnortham@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-4878.

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