Out of the attic: Sigma Nu fraternity house fire

This week’s Out of the Attic item is a 1977 photo of a fire that gutted the Sigma Nu fraternity house on the University of Delaware campus.

The fire broke out in the Main Street building (built in 1906) at around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, 1977. A construction crew working nearby noticed the flames, and one worker ran into the nearby Carpenter Sports Building to alert Bruce Troutman, a UD physical education teacher and deputy chief of Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Co. Nearly 100 firefighters worked for three hours to bring the blaze under control.

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