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Students picking up the pieces after dorm explosion; Artisan Cafe hosting collection drive

The Associated Press
Plumes of smoke from an explosion inside a residence hall at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nev., is visible on Friday, July 5, 2019. Police referred to the incident as a "utilities accident." There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Raymond Floyd via The AP)
AP | Raymond Floyd

YOU CAN HELP

The Artisan Cafe is hosting a collection drive today for students affected by the explosion at Argenta Hall.

The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 701 S. Carson St.

Items being collected:

Toiletries, clothing, flip flops, towels

$20 Walmart gift cards

Notebooks, college rule

Pens and pencils

RENO — Students who lived at a University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory building that was heavily damaged by an explosion tried to pick up the pieces this weekend even as they prepared for exams.

Emma Spingler, 19, told the Reno Gazette Journal she was missing things like her study notes, laptops and clothing left behind when she fled the building on Friday.

“I haven’t gotten any of my stuff, and I don’t know if I ever will,” Spingler, 19, said. “I have one week left of classes, and I have three exams, but I don’t have my notes or my computer or anything.”

She and other students have been moved into rooms at a nearby residence hall.

Spingler and her roommate said they were each given a bed, a pillow, a thin blanket and a toothbrush.

Officials have said a mechanical failure is suspected, but the exact cause remains under investigation. Eight people suffered minor injuries in the explosion.

University executive vice president Kevin Carman said search and rescue crews have been working on a plan to let students retrieve necessary items.

“They really have been working around the clock to get these essential belongings back to the students and give to them what they need to get their lives back in order,” he said.

The university has said on social media that about 200 students were displaced by the explosion.