Rutgers students adjust to life without a cafeteria after fire damages building

Thousands of Rutgers students are adjusting to life without a cafeteria Thursday after a fire swept through the building Wednesday evening.

Brower Commons on College Avenue was heavily damaged in the blaze. College workers spent the night setting up a temporary dining hall in the school gym. University officials notified students of the temporary location by talking to resident assistants, putting up flyers, sending out emails and putting the information on their Web site.

The fire broke out in the Presidents Dining Hall, where meetings and special events are held. It destroyed the top floor of the hall. Smoke and water damaged the first floor where the students eat.

School officials do not know when the cafeteria will be reopened. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, however, they do not suspect arson.

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