Fire on college campus injures students from Mechanicsville

Posted at 6:51 AM, Jan 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-26 09:10:50-05

HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. (WTVR) - One Hampden-Sydney College student suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries in an early morning campus fire, according to the college's Director of Communications Thomas Shomo.

Kirk Rohle, 20, of Mechanicsville, Virginia was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia for treatment. He is currently listed in critical, but stable, condition, according to a hospital spokeswomen.

The fire was reported just after 4:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Tiger Athletic Club (TAC) on College Road.

A second student, Benjamin Rogers, suffered minor burns on his face, Rogers' sister told CBS 6 News' Lorenzo Hall.

Both Rohle and Rogers play football for Hampden-Sydney College.

TAC is a theme house where college athletes and those who support athletic programs lived. Nine students lived in the house. The building is considered a total loss, according to Shomo.

The university said the students burned from their home will be moved to a former fraternity house. Shomo said the building's fire alarms worked properly.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Prince Edward County fire department.