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UPDATED: 600 W. 116th residents told to 'find shelter' for the night as FDNY confirms fire is under control

  • Spencer Cohen for Spectator
    FIRE | Two students have been injured in an ongoing fire at a Barnard dorm at 116th Street and Broadway, according to New York Fire Department officials.

Updated: March 4 at 12:10 p.m.

Three students were transported—and have since been released—to St. Luke's with minor injuries sustained in a fire at a Barnard dorm at 116th Street and Broadway, according to New York Fire Department officials.

At around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Barnard Public Safety texted students informing them that 600 W. 116th Street will remain closed for the night, and that further updates will be announced in the morning. 

The fire started around 11 p.m. in 600 W. 116th Street on Tuesday evening. FDNY confirmed there were 25 units and 106 firefighters on the scene less than an hour into the fire.

According to residential advisors and public safety officers on the scene, and a text sent at 12:21 a.m. to Barnard students, residents of 600 W. 116th Street should find friends' rooms to sleep in. 

Although the official Barnard text informed students that the fire was under control at 12:20 a.m., an FDNY official confirmed at 12:39 a.m that firefighters were still on the scene and that the fire was not yet under control. 

FDNY officials confirmed that the fire was under control as of 12:46 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

600 W. 116th Street and buildings in Barnard’s residential quad were evacuated after the fire broke out. Quad residents and all residents of the 600s block except for those who live in the 600 W. 116 Street were allowed to return to their rooms, while residents of 600 W 116th Street were able to enter their rooms around 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Adminstrators said heat would be restored to the building by Wednesday evening.

A form for students who may be displaced by the fire to find temporary housing is available here. An email from Barnard communications sent around 1:40 a.m. directed students to the form, and said that students who could not find alternate housing should email aaversa@banard.edu. Barnard has also set up a page on its website where it will update students on the fire.

"We know that many of you are exhausted and overwhelmed from this frightening experience, and that your routines have been significantly disrupted. If you have concerns that you want to discuss about your classes or assignments, please be in touch with your class dean," an email from Barnard President Debora Spar and Dean Avis Hinkson said in an email sent to students at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

At around 11:30 p.m., windows collapsed at Ollie’s, the restaurant on the ground floor of the building. As of 11:40 p.m, Barnard had not sent students an emergency alert regarding the fire.

Students have vacated the building, and are gathered on the streets surrounding the dorm. 

Check back for updates.

deborah.secular@columbiaspectator.com |  @DeborahSecular

Photo credit: Spencer Cohen and Kimberly Flores

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that all residents of the 600s block of 116th Street were evacuated. Only residents of 600 W. 116th Street were evacuated. 

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Panera or Bust posted on

good riddance, I hope Ollie's is gone for good (but glad that no one was hurt in the process!)

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Anonymous posted on

Awful Abby Abrams strikes again

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Anonymous posted on

And I hope karma bites you in the ass.

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Dr. Funkenstein posted on

Destroyed lives: No Red Tape 1, Barnard Dorm Fire 0

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Anonymous posted on

will barnard class be cancelled?

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Anonymous posted on

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CEXpMttQ_VN0Z9lo3P6eGbxZs0A41IdFMHzm541nuSg/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0
fill out this form if you can offer your room for the night to an unfortunate 600 resident!

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Anonymous posted on

solid pictures

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Batya posted on

Here is a form that people can use that has a link to the data [that way there is no 50 person limit]
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17nWmtsCiQcfGfUx62LUsvIu02hjaJaiOkZ3va7FUurQ/viewform

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Benjamin Goldwater posted on

To share your hospitality to those without a room at 600 tonight or to find a place to stay, see this Google form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17nWmtsCiQcfGfUx62LUsvIu02hjaJaiOkZ3va7FUurQ/viewform?usp=send_form

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Anonymous posted on

Psst please fix the time...it's midnight aka a.m. Not p.m.

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Anonymous posted on

Did the fire break out in Ollies or in a dorm room? Can't tell from the article.

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620 resident posted on

Just a correction, not all buildings in the 600 block were evacuated. 620 and I'm pretty sure 616 were not affected at all.

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Anonymous posted on

They only evacuated 600 and the Banrard quad. Barnard didn't inform the other students in the 600s of the fire at all until the emergency text hours after the fire broke out.

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Anonymous posted on

They only evacuated 600 and the Banrard quad. Barnard didn't inform the other students in the 600s of the fire at all until the emergency text hours after the fire broke out.

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Anonymous posted on

Heyyy I live in 620 and I was never evacuated. I don't think residents of 616 were evacuated either.

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Anonymous posted on

So mad there was no emergency alert for Barnard students until hours after the fire.. what's the point of even having that system?

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Anonymous posted on

Didn't Ollie's have a fire a few years ago???

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Anonymous posted on

`Thanks for the article. We know someone who has been affected by the fire.

On another subject, it is redundant to say "2 a.m. in the morning" and 11 p.m. in the evening." Whenever I read such phrases, I always think, "Well, thank goodness it wasn't 2 a.m. in the afternoon!" Perhaps a writing class would be helpful.....

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Anonymous posted on

spec, bwog whooped your ass with their coverage of the fire

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