Fire has consumed a fraternity house at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leaving about two dozen residents without their belongings in the midst of final exams.

Hundreds of students gathered early Tuesday morning as the Sigma Phi Epsilon three-story house went up in flames.

A police officer on patrol noticed the fire shortly before midnight and reported it. Fire officials say the blaze was brought under control about 2:30 a.m.

All fraternity members who lived in the house were accounted for.

Fraternity alumni board member Ryan Sugden says a semester's worth of notes and books were among the students' belongings lost in the fire. He says over half have finals Tuesday.