A fire has broken out at Barnard dorm 600 West 116th Street. New York fire department is currently on the scene, and the building has been evacuated. A tip reports that smoke reaches all the way to 121st and Broadway and the entire quad is now being evacuated into Lefrak gymnasium. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional information about this emergency, and follow Twitter for information as it comes.
Please remember this is a serious incident thus everyone should exercise caution in the area. Students should feel safe going to Lefrak if they live in the area/the quad.
MAN ALL HANDS 600 W 116 ST, MULTIPLE DWELLING FIRE IN SHAFT ON FIRST FLR,
— FDNY (@FDNY) March 4, 2015
Update: 11:27 PM: “Ollie’s Broadway walls burst, with shrapnel hitting bystanders. Spectators closed off from Broadway 115-116.”
Update: 11:33 PM
Update: 11:36 PM: Video of the fire courtesy of David Pincus
Update: 11:51 PM: According to a tipster living in Elliot Hall, RAs in the dorm have been telling residents that students living in 600 and the Quad will have to sleep in Lefrak gym tonight. Elliott is offering up lounges/floor space to alleviate crowding in Lefrak.
Update: 11:53 PM: A spreadsheet has now begun circulating amongst Barnard students offering temporary housing for students living in 600. If you are willing to offer up space for the displaced students, you can find the Google Doc here.
Update: 12:10 AM: All residents of the Barnard Quad have been let back into the dorms.
Update: 12:24 AM: Email sent to residents of 600 from Director of ResLife Ann Aversa below:
Update: 1:13 AM: The fire is officially under control. Separately, one Barnard RA reminds us: “Lounges in all Barnard buildings are open to residents and residents are encouraged to find housing for the night as it is unlikely for the building to open until much later.”