University of Tennessee's Humes Hall placed on 24-hour fire watch

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Four University of Tennessee police officers will remain on duty inside Humes Hall until further notice, after two suspicious fires there in two days.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's office put Humes Hall on what's called a Fire Watch, this morning.

The UTPD officer will walk the halls, and take note of any suspicious activities in and around Humes, twenty four hours a day, until further notice, according to Knoxville Fire Department Captain Brent Seymour.

UTPD and Knoxville fire investigators are probing two fires in less than 24 hours, both of which Seymour says are "suspicious."

Around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to Humes for a report of a bulletin board burning on the third floor west wing. Around 2:00 p.m. Monday, firefighters were called to the 5th floor for a chair on fire.

Both fires were put out by staff members with a fire extinguisher. Two staff members and a student were briefly hospitalized for smoke inhalation after Monday's fire. No one was injured in Tuesday's fire.

Right now, investigators want to know if both fires are connected, according to Seymour.

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