On Thursday evening, multiple Syracuse Fire Department and Syracuse Police Department units responded to an fire that broke out at the Newhouse School of Public Communications located on the Syracuse University campus. CNY Central reports that no injuries were reported by firefighters.
Syracuse Fire Department reports that around 8 pm, a fire alarm was activated in the Newhouse School. The building was occupied at the time, and all students were safely evacuated. Fire crews reported that they saw heavy smoke and an active fire coming from the classroom when they arrived.
The crews quickly extinguished the fire, and moved from classroom to classroom in order to prevent the spread of the fire or ignition by another hot spot. The fire took about two hours to put out, and the smoke was cleared.
Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause.
Mark Ladato is the Dean of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications released this statement shortly after the fire had been extinguished.
Please, Newhouse Students.
A small fire broke out in the Newhouse 1 class earlier this evening. This caused some smoke damage. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
First, let me reassure everyone that the situation is under control. We are working to ensure the safety of Newhouse residents and taking every precaution.
Cleaning efforts have already begun. Out of caution and to be on the safe side, I’ve decided that all Newhouse 1, first and second classes, and offices will be moved tomorrow. It will give me time to evaluate and repair any possible smoke damage, and make sure that affected areas can be used again.
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