Thankfully no one was injured in the fire, but serious damage was done to the 127-year-old building, and countless pieces of student artwork were destroyed. According to Pratt’s website, the sixth floor of the building and the roof have been completely destroyed, and the fifth floor was badly damaged. Throughout the building, which is primarily studio spaces with administrative offices on the lower levels, there is a fair amount of water damage. The destroyed studios were mainly used for senior painting majors working on their theses. PIeces the students had been working on since the beginning of the school year in August are now gone.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire marshals consider it to be suspicious, as much of the building is empty after nine pm.