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Support of Pi Lambda Phi Appreciated

We, the brothers and pledges of Pi Lambda Phi, are writing this letter to thank the MIT community for their sympathy and support after Monday night's fire at our house. Everyone involved has done a great job of making an otherwise difficult situation at least a little easier. We would like everyone to know that their efforts have not gone unnoticed and that we truly are in their debt.

We would also like to clear up a few details and make a few corrections to The Tech's Wednesday article ["Fire Destroys Roof At Pi Lamda Phi," Aug. 28] on the fire. Thankfully, the condition of the house is not as bad as it may have initially seemed. Electricity was restored to the entire house on Tuesday afternoon, and only on Monday night did Pi Lam's pledges and a few brothers sleep in Ashdown House. The rest of the brotherhood volunteered to spend all night at the house doing an initial cleanup job, which mostly involved removing debris, water, and a few damaged pieces of furniture.

The fire occurred on the section of the roof directly overhead our fourth-floor lounge, and only that room was significantly affected. Fortunately, the fire never actually moved below the roof, and the only damage was done by the firefighters' water and their need to axe a few holes in the ceiling and walls for precautionary measures. Not a single personal room was affected aside from a soggy carpet or two, and we are all glad to be back to living in our rooms. As for the roof itself, the fire was very much localized. Outside of the four-by-four foot section that burned, the roof deck is perfectly fine. As we write this, professional contractors and cleaning crews are working on our house, and things should be back to the way they were in a matter of days.

Our house was completely renovated three years ago, and the brotherhood takes great pride in the physical condition of the house. Although the house is currently in a livable condition, we will not rest until it is returned to its original state. With the community's help and our determination, we are confident that this will happen in no time.

The Brothers and Pledges of Pi Lambda Phi