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SC college president says buildings are safe

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The president of a historically black college in South Carolina says buildings at the school are safe.

Benedict College president David Swinton said Thursday most of the Columbia school's hundreds of fire code violations in the past two years have been corrected or are being fixed.

Swinton says most of the violations were minor and not life-threatening.

He says the 2,800 students have never been in danger since the school has security officers on duty around the clock.

A fire department inspection in January of 24 buildings found nearly 200 violations of fire and maintenance codes.

The school moved some students to an apartment complex last fall because of problems with a dorm fire alarm.

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