Fire Breaks Out at Columbia Dorm, Students Evacuated, FDNY Says

The Patch - December 01, 2017


Students had to be evacuated from Columbia's Ruggles Hall dormitory on West 114th Street after a fire broke out on the third floor. By Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NY — A fire broke out at a Columbia University dorm in Morningside Heights late Wednesday night, prompting students to evacuate the building, an FDNY spokesman said.

The fire started on the third floor of the eight-story Ruggles Hall dormitory on West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam around 11:15 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said. Nearly 80 firefighters responded to the scene and had the fire under control shortly after midnight, an FDNY spokesman said.

The FDNY could not provide an exact number of students who had to be evacuated from the building. The Daily News reported about 200 people were evacuated.

Nobody was injured during the fire, an FDNY spokesman said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, fire officials said.

Ruggles Hall is located across the street from Columbia University's main Morningside Heights campus. The dorm houses sophomores, juniors and seniors in apartment-style suites, single and double rooms, according to Columbia University's housing website.