Iowa State students unharmed after tent fire at Hilton Coliseum

Jeff Eisenberg
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, Iowa State fans celebrate on the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in Ames, Iowa. Seven months after toughening penalties for schools whose fans rush onto the field of play, the Big 12 Conference said Friday it will not discipline Iowa State after students stormed the court following the basketball game in a scene that left a newspaper columnist with a broken leg. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa State students camping out for Monday night's basketball game against Kansas woke up in unpleasant fashion Friday morning. 

One of the tents outside Hilton Coliseum caught fire at about 3:30 a.m., sending the three students inside and everyone else nearby scrambling for safety.

Everyone escaped without injury, Iowa State deputy chief of police Darin VanRyswyk told the Des Moines Register. The cause of the fire was a propane heater inside the tent, the newspaper reported.

The home game against Kansas may be the most anticipated clash of the season for Iowa State since the Jayhawks have won 11 straight Big 12 titles and the Cyclones are just a few days removed from toppling No. 1 ranked Oklahoma. Immediately after the win over the Sooners on Monday night, the most die-hard Iowa State students began sleeping outside Hilton Coliseum in frigid weather to secure the best seats to the Kansas game.

The big question in the wake of Friday's morning's fire is whether the students whose tent burned down lose their place in the ticket line. Hopefully Iowa State officials make an exception for them. And hopefully they're a little more cautious with  space heaters inside a tent in the future.

The student section at Hilton Coliseum should be lit, but the campout outside should not be.

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