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Minnesota students studying abroad escape fire

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: January 12, 2012 - 12:48 PM

A group of Bethel University students escaped a fire in their Brussels hostel early Thursday, the school reports.

The 28 students and two faculty members, in Brussels for an Introduction to International Business course, evacuated the hostel without injury. They were later able to enter the hostel to retrieve their belongings, according to the college's website.

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All the group’s passports were also safely recovered. “Our students are calm and doing well,” says Bethany Opsata, one of the two business professors team-teaching the course.

The hostel made arrangements for the group to stay together in another hostel not far away. “I am very grateful for their safety,” says Deb Harless, vice president and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, “and for the way our faculty and students handled this emergency.”

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