Two WSC Students Die in House Fire; Counseling available at College
Jan. 30, 2010 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) has learned that two students died in a house fire this morning, Jan. 30, in Gunnison, as confirmed by the Gunnison County Coroner Frank Vader.
The victims have been identified as Lucille "Lucy" Grace Causley, 18, of Harbor Springs, Mich., and Adam Michael Lockard, 21, of Bethesda, Md. According to the Gunnison Police Department, Lockard was a resident of the property and Causely was not.
Four occupants evacuated from the residence were identified as three current WSC students and a former student. Additionally, two of them were tenants of the residence and two were guests. They have met with WSC officials who are assisting with grief counseling, clothing and housing arrangements.
The College has set up a walk-in counseling center for those impacted by this tragedy. In addition, the College has scheduled a grief counseling session today at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Conference Room B of the College Center. Students also can call (970) 943-2469 for counseling assistance.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Jay Helman, WSC President. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the students' families and friends during this difficult time.”
A Gunnison police officer and firefighter who responded to the scene were injured, treated and released from the Gunnison Valley Hospital.
Investigation shows that the fire originated on the exterior of the residence and spread into the residence. This incident is under investigation to determine if the fire was intentionally set or accidental.
Anyone having additional information may contact the Gunnison Police Department at (970) 641-8200.
The College is planning a memorial program for the students. Details are forthcoming.