Seven fire trucks and emergency management vehicles have congregated outside of the Nussbaum block this morning as smoke seeps out of the lower level. Nussbaum residents have been evacuated, though fire officials seem to be focusing their efforts on entering Community Food and Juice, where most of the smoke appears to be coming from.
UPDATE (12:50 p.m.): Housing has sent the an e-mail to Nussbaum residents apprising them of the fire’s impact on their residence. The e-mail is posted after the jump.
Tipster Beatrice Lee sends us the following photo of the situation, which we will bring you updates on as news warrants.
Dear Residents of 600 West 113th Street,
Unfortunately, there was a fire in Community Food and Juice this morning, Friday, April 24, 2009. At this time, we are not fully aware of the damage to the student rooms in 600 West 113th Street because the Fire Department is still working in the building. We have been informed there is smoke and water damage, as well as some broken flooring and windows. This is particularly the case on the 2nd floor of the building.
At this time, we are working with Facilities to prepare temporary rooms for any residents that will be displaced until repairs can be completed. After we are able to enter the building and determine the extent of the damage, we will be notifying residents that need to move to come to 125 Wallach for a temporary assignment. All residents of suites 2B and 2C should expect to move, and may come and wait in Wallach Lounge until temporary rooms are ready, once they have checked-in at 125 Wallach.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we complete the necessary repairs to the spaces affected in the building.