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Fire forced AFC to close yesterday A fire in the Aquatic & Fitness Center yesterday forced the early closure of the facility.

Facility attendant Travis Hodges said fire alarms sounded when smoke infiltrated the downstairs area of the AFC.

Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports Mark Fletcher said the cause of the fire was an item in a clothes dryer.

It was "probably a small piece of lint that caught on fire," Fletcher said.

The Charlottesville Fire Department responded to the call at 1:27 p.m., Battalion Chief Pete Sweeney said.

Fletcher reported that there was minimal damage.

"There was damage to the clothes dryer, as well as water damage," Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the AFC emergency facilities, including the sprinkler system, proved to be in working order when the fire broke out.

The AFC planned to reopen today at 6 a.m. for its regularly scheduled hours.

-- compiled by Marisa Roman and Ashley Woodard

Infant found dead in JAG School parking lot

University police are conducting an investigation after an infant died of hyperthermia last week in the Judge Advocate General's school parking lot, located by the Law School.

The Charlottesville Medical Examiners Office determined that nine-month old Bryce Balfour died as a result of environmental heat exposure, University Police Capt. Michael Coleman said.

Officers were dispatched by 911 Mar. 30, arriving at the parking lot at about 4:01 p.m. When they arrived, the infant was not breathing and was then taken to the University Hospital.

Police also found Bryce's mother on the scene. Coleman did not release her name and said he does not believe she is a University student.

Coleman would not say whether the death was accidental.

University Police have consulted with the Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney regarding the event.

-- compiled by Stephanie Kassab


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