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K-State Today Student Edition

February 7, 2013



University helping students affected by off-campus apartment fire that killed one

By Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University is helping students affected by a fire at an off-campus apartment building around midnight Feb. 7 that killed a university postdoctoral researcher.

Vasanta Lakshmi Pallem, 34, who worked in the university's chemical engineering department, died of smoke inhalation at Mercy Regional Health Center, where she was transported from the blaze at 820 Sunset Ave. in Manhattan. Most of the occupants in the building, just adjacent to campus, are university students. No one else was injured in the fire.

Heather Reed, associate dean and director of student life, said the university worked to find living accommodations for students displaced by the blaze, all of who are now in hotels or staying with friends. The university is offering support to K-Staters impacted by Pallem's death.