Resident to face charges; fire code

According to Wilkes-Barre Police, on Feb. 6, a fire code violation occurred in University Towers at Wilkes University.

The incident involved a resident student who allegedly applied painters tape over all but one of the smoke detectors in the apartment rendering them useless, police said.

Officials explain that this put other occupants at risk.

According to the university fire safety and prevention information on the university website, “Tampering with fire extinguishers and other fire equipment or the sounding of false alarms is a serious threat to the safety of all and is strictly prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in serious disciplinary action by the University.”

Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department personnel filed a citation through the office of District Justice Rick Cronauer. The student is facing charges according to reports.