In the early hours of the morning, a fire swept through several buildings in downtown Winona. Thanks to the swift actions of the Winona Fire and Police departments and the building’s residents, no one was injured and there is no foul play suspected. Winona State University’s President Scott Olson has released the following message regarding WSU’s efforts to help students affected by this disaster.
“This morning’s fire in downtown Winona displaced a number of local residents, including several Winona State students. We’ve received word that all individuals involved are safe, but damages to the buildings and personal property are significant.
We are working on arrangements to provide on-campus housing and resources for the WSU students as needed. University officials are assisting students in this transition, and the Red Cross is also involved. If you are a student who has been affected by the fire, please call the Office of Student Life and Development at 507-457-5300.
Counseling and support services are available to all those in the WSU community who may be affected by this tragedy. For more information, call WSU Counseling and Wellness Services at 507-457-5330
This is the second fire in two weeks to affect our community directly. The individuals affected by these tragedies may be left without significant resources or support from friends and family, and they need our full support. We are their extended family here in Winona, and I hope you will join me and others as we support them. Further information will be provided as the students’ needs are assessed.
Scott R. Olson