MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Three more West Virginia University fraternity houses have been condemned for fire code violations -- bringing the total to five within the past year.
The most recent houses to be closed by fire officials are Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Gamma Delta, and Phi Sigma Kappa.
Following recent fire inspections, the utilities were shut off and no one is allowed inside the houses until the problems are corrected.
Two of the houses, Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Sigma Kappa, have asked to be included in a program that involves the university buying or leasing the houses. Through the Greek Housing Initiative, the university would provide all future oversight and maintenance.
Matthew Modansky is president of the Interfraternity Council. He says that while the initiative adds stability to the future of the Greek organizations, he worries about the fraternities losing their independence.
The other W-V-U fraternity houses shut down in the past year are Delta Tau Delta and Beta Theta Pi.
Delta Tau's national office revoked the chapter's charter and that house is now being leased by Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The Beta Theta Pi house has not reopened.