An unattended candle apparently started a fire that destroyed a dormitory apartment Monday at Concordia University in Irvine, forcing about 80 students to flee their living quarters.
One student was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation, authorities said.
"We are thankful no one was [seriously] injured," said Mary Scott, spokeswoman for the Christian liberal arts college, which has enrollment of about 1,200.
The fire started about 1 p.m. in a bedroom at Kappa Hall, a residence with two-bedroom units housing four students each, Scott said.
The fire was contained within 20 minutes but caused about $50,000 in structural damage and $20,000 in damage to the contents of the unit, fire investigators said.