de Nobili Dining Hall Kitchen Catches on Fire, Causing Closure Until January

Zack Miller | The PhoenixFollowing a kitchen fire on Nov. 8, de Nobili Dining Hall closes until January.

After a kitchen fire broke out in de Nobili Dining Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, the dining facility closed and won’t reopen until Jan. 1, according to Loyola Dining Services.

The fire was caused by a dishwasher, said the Senior Vice President for Facilities Kana Henning in an email to The Phoenix. 

Following the incident, two sprinkler heads automatically activated and required all persons to evacuate the building with the help of Campus Safety, said Henning. 

In response to the fire, the Chicago Fire Department, Campus Safety and Campus Facilities “responded to the scene quickly,” according to Henning. The fire was put out by one of Loyola’s operating engineers.  

Efforts to clear the aftermath of the fire remain underway, according to Henning. 

“We brought in equipment to help clear smoke from the kitchen and the dining area and began cleanup and remediation work,” said Henning, “The dining hall will be closed until further notice and will reopen once remediation and cleanup is complete.”

Following the fire, de Nobili residents were allowed back into their dorms around 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to Henning. 

Loyola’s dining services’ Instagram account notified students Damen and Simpson Dining Halls will remain open to students, as of its post Nov. 8.

The account’s post said Simpson Dining Hall will operate under the following adjusted hours:

Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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University spokesperson Anna Shymanski Zach said Simpson Dining Hall will be open and “serving dinner and late night” in an email to The Phoenix. 

Students can visit Loyola’s Dining Services to “view alternative dining options in the meantime,” according to Shymanski Zach.

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