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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Firefighters responded to a fire at West Hall on the Greensboro College campus Thursday evening.

The fire was reported in the first-floor lobby of West Hall, a men’s residence hall on campus. The fire was extinguished quickly and the hall was evacuated quickly and without injury, the college said in a media release.

Fire damage was confined to the lobby area, but smoke filled the three-story building. Greensboro Fire Department units responded and ventilated the building. A damage estimate was not available Thursday night.

Calvin Gilmore, chief of campus safety and security, said the fire was started by someone who put flammable material into a trash can in the lobby and ignited it.

Students who live in West were being relocated to other college housing, likely for the duration of exams, which end Monday, April 27.

They were being allowed back into West Thursday night to gather clothing and other essentials and they also will be allowed in to pack before checking out for the summer.