Senior student dies in apartment fire

Tue, 2012-07-24 08:57 -- univcomm

   Date: 8/31/2001

   Title: Senior student dies in apartment fire

Anderson University senior student, Brian Bell, from Flint, Mich., died in an early morning apartment fire, Thursday, Aug 30, in downtown Anderson. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, early indications point to an accidental cause. Brian was finishing his final coursework required for graduation. He was a part of the May 12 commencement ceremonies at the university. Read further for more information and arrangements.

Students and faculty are grieving the loss of their friend. President Edwards expressed the following for the community:

On behalf of the Anderson University community, our prayers and concerns are with Brian Bell’s family and friends as well as all the persons who were affected by this unfortunate tragedy. As we continue to mourn the loss of our student, we will long remember the responsive compassion demonstrated by the community at large.

I want to thank the many individuals and organizations that responded so rapidly and professionally to the recent fire that tragically claimed this life. Specifically, we want to thank members of the fire and police departments who worked deliberately to bring resolution and support to the scene and the subsequent discovery of our student. We are particularly appreciative for the sensitivity to the family, students and staff who gathered during the day to await information surrounding the fire.

We also want to thank those persons, including Bixby’s Café and area churches, who provided last minute food and other supportive resources and concern for our students during this difficult time.

Arrangements for Brian Bell:
Visitation at the Swartz Funeral Home
G-1225 West Hill Rd.
Flint, Michigan
(located between 475 and US 23)
Saturday, September 1, 2001
Noon-4 p.m.and 6-9 p.m.
Sunday, September 2, 2001
Noon to 2 p.m.
Services begin at 2 p.m.

For those who would like to send their condolences they can be addressed to:
Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson
1193 Wreckenridge
Flint, MI 48532

Plans and arrangements for a memorial time on the Anderson University campus are pending.