Pizza baked in its box starts fire in Georgetown’s Harbin Hall

On Wednesday night, a fire broke out in the eighth floor common room of Harbin Hall.

According to Lt. Reynolds of the D.C. Fire Department, the fire began in the oven when someone tried to heat up a pizza without taking it out of the box.

Around 6:45 p.m., Harbin Hall was immediately evacuated and the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

“I was watching TV in my room when the alarm went off. I actually thought it was part of what I was watching,” said Kerry Ryan (COL ’13). “I heard people saying that it smelled in their common room.”

Students gathered outside and waited on the patio as a DPS officer guarded the entrance. At around 7:10 p.m., residents were allowed to return.

Photo by Jackson Perry.

26 Comments on “Pizza baked in its box starts fire in Georgetown’s Harbin Hall

  1. Nothing like going to school with the best and the brightest…

  2. “We’re going till the world stops turning, while we burn it to the ground tonight.”

    This would have never happened had the student turned their nutritional craving towards maple syrup rather than frozen-pizza-in-the-box.


    PS I hope the pizza had Canadian bacon on it. That would be a small consolation.

  3. Don’t blame the freshman. Without their butler around, how were the expected to know you don’t put cardboard in a microwave?

  4. It better not be the same sick individual who defecated on the saran wrap covered toilet.

  5. “This whole thing really grinds my gears.

    I’ve been saying it for years and I’ll say it now: Georgetown needs to seriously consider fire-free dorms. The fact that dorms are still flammable is dangerous and irresponsible.

    Bottom line: Georgetown, its time to wake up and realize that your students don’t like fires.” – Average Joe, 12/7/09 after the New South Fire.

    Change we almost believed in (see point 1 of the platform):


  6. Well I mean, first off weed needs to be legalized. This is just another reason why the war on drugs is not working

  7. Did anyone find a box with a cold pizza on the same counter? If there was such a Control Pizza, this was a science project gone horribly wrong.

  8. The man responsible must be punished to the fullest extent of the law! Does anyone have any clues to who it might have been?

  9. If DPS wasn’t so obsessed with breaking up fires in residence halls, they would have more time to, oh, I don’t know, fight crime! Oh, wait, that doesn’t make sense. It’s only bad when DPS wastes time breaking up loud parties with underage drinking that one can make that argument. Other issues caused by student stupidity don’t count.

  10. Good point – students tend to forget about DPS magical firefighting capabilities.

    On a somewhat related note, I live on 33rd and my nap was rudely interrupted by about a dozen emergency vehicles driving past for what I later found out was this incident. I heard about as many driving past around 2:30 AM on the night of the New North fire. I would argue that this number of emergency vehicles for a fire that could be handled by sprinkler systems and a fire extinguisher is overkill, but that’s another argument for another time.

  11. I do not condone people using my name on message boards nor do i condone drug use. i feel it is leading to the downfall of youth in our country. I believe that the person that started this fire was mostly operating on one or more psychiatric drugs. That night I believe it was Xanax. More disturbing than their drug use, though, is the fact that she’s engaged to Luis Carruthers, the biggest dufus in the business.

  12. Matt i agree with what you have to say. The kid who put the pizza in the oven is a punk with some homo-erotic tendencies. Also matt when you get back to the city we should hang out :)

  13. There is an idea of a “Daddy”, some
    kind of abstraction, but there is no real him, only an
    entity, something illusory, and though he can hide his cold
    gaze and you can shake his hand and feel flesh gripping you
    and maybe you can even sense your lifestyles are probably
    comparable: “Daddy” simply is not there.

  14. I am very surprised by your comments “Daddy”. I thought you were such a nice boy back in high school and now you are making comments like these. This boy Mark’s comments lead me to believe that he has an inappropriate relationship with you. I never knew you were like that. And this boy Patrick seems to think you dont even exist. why would he say such things. do u really crave homicidal desires at a massive level. All i know “Daddy ” is that you need to get your stuff together before i call your mother.

  15. All I know is that whoever did this probably had ulterior motives. He clearly hated that pizza. Clearly this was an act speaking out against pizza movers, a cry for help from a former Philly’s loyal..

  16. I promise you. This kid is not from North Carolina.

  17. More discrimination against Italian-Americans in the media! Would they have showed burned bagels? No! Torched tortillas? No! Once again, Italian-Americans are made out to be fools and doofuses…

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