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U of Kentucky closes frat after member set on fire

Jenna Johnson

A University of Kentucky fraternity member was wrapped in toilet paper and then set on fire by one of his frat brothers Saturday, The Kentucky Kernel reports. When the victim realized he was on fire, he stopped, dropped and rolled. That set the carpet on fire and triggered a response from the fire department, who found the fraternity members allegedly trying to clean up and hide the fire.

The 19-year-old student who allegedly struck the match has been charged with first-degree arson, first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges Wednesday.

Another fraternity member -- the son of a U.S. District judge -- was arrested after allegedly hitting a university police officer, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader. The university's fire marshal recommended that Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house be shut down until 2011 for multiple fire violations, including doorways covered with blankets and a number of candles. Many fraternities have one or two violations that are "not that big of a deal," the university fire marshal told the Kernel, "but if you find 40 or 50 of them, you have a problem."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  March 11, 2010; 9:31 AM ET
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