LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Firefighters from at least six companies, including Oxford, Avondale, West Grove, Rising Sun, Quarryville and Cochranville, responded to a fire at an unoccupied, Lincoln University non-student residence at 7:55 a.m. this morning.

Fire officials assess damages after this morning’s fire at the unoccupied, non-student residence, which had been under renovation.

The six-bedroom, twin-duplex was currently under renovation.

During the response, an Oxford firefighter fell through a portion of the living room floor.   He was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment, but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The majority of the fire damage was relegated to the basement, where it is believed the fire may have originated.  And while the fire is under investigation by Chester County Fire officials, arson is not suspected at this time.

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 


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