A building on the grounds of Pratt Institute was involved in a fire that destroyed the top floor and roof of the over century old structure on February 15th. At about 2:15 AM, Brooklyn Dispatch transmitted box 634 for 200 Willoughby Ave. for a reported fire. On arrival, Battalion 31 transmitted an “All Hands” for heavy fire on the top floor of a six story heavy timber main school building. Two minutes later a second alarm was called for. Flames soon had possession of the entire sixth floor and began to break through the roof. A third alarm was sounded at 02:42 and a fourth at 03:11. Six handlines were used to knock down the fire. Two tower ladders were set up but did not operate.
The fire was placed under control at 4:10 with the sixth floor gutted and a large part of the roof collapsed. The fifth floor was also damaged and the lower floors suffered extensive water damage. Two firefighters were reported to have received minor injuries. The fire is initially being considered suspicious due to the amount of fire on arrival.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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