Woman falls from second-story fire escape at WSU fraternity

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 6:41 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two people were injured after separate falls on Pullman’s College Hill.

Police said the first fall happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity on California Street.  A college aged female reportedly fell from a second-story fire escape.  Investigators said she sustained injuries to her ankle or wrist.  Alcohol was likely involved, according to police.

WSU leaders said the woman was not attending an official Greek Life event at the house. Neighbors said the woman was not a member of Greek Life at WSU.

The second fall happened just a few hours later.  Investigators said around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, officers responded to Stubblefield's Bar on Colorado Street.  A 21-year-old man reportedly fell down stairs in the bar.  The man was treated for a head injury.

Students who were near the accident said they heard a lot of noises Wednesday night.

"I was going up to my porch bed and I heard screaming and yelling. And I ran over to the porch window and looked outside and saw everyone around the girl," said WSU student Morgan Safley.

The fall at Phi Kappa Tau is the third fall at that fraternity house since 2009.

In September of 2012, a 19-year-old Washington State University student fell three stories from a window at the house.  He was treated for injuries, including facial fractures.

In August of 2009, a 19-year-old male student fell from the roof of the Phi Kappa Tau house.  He was sent to Pullman Regional Hospital with  injuries.

The Fraternity's President gave KREM 2 News a statement that said, "Over the past 3 years, we have secured the roof and the third floor to avoid additional incidents." He also said the frat usually works with the fire department to review the safety of the house.

A WSU spokeman said the school can't comment on the incident yet. The school said said it's not clear if there will be sanctions against the fraternity.

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