ISU Fraternity to Rebuild After Fire

Official: House structurally sound, just needs a roof

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    Flames ripped through the roof of the Delta Sigma Phi building on April 20 at Illinois State University.

    The Delta Sigma Phi house affiliated with Illinois State University will be back.

    That's the word from fraternity officials after a fire started in the house off campus last month.

    Two dozen residents rushed from the home in downstate Normal April 20 when the fire broke out. Mark Zappa, a fraternity alum who manages the building, said they are "definitely going to rebuild."

    Zappa said the structure is fine, but a new roof is needed. The fire was limited to the attic.

    Normal, Ill., firefighters ruled out arson and lightning as a cause of the blaze and are calling it accidental, according to The Pantagraph.

    The building is valued at $600,000, and about $100,000 in personal property was lost in the fire.

    The fraternity house did not have a sprinkler system but was scheduled to get one this summer as mandated by a state law that takes effect in 2013.

    Of Delta Sigma Phi's 70 active members at Illinois State, about a third lived in the home.