Pratt Institute Arts Building Engulfed in Flames

February 15th, 2013

Fire at Pratt Institute, via Brooklyn News 12
Fire at Pratt Institute, via Brooklyn News 12

A brutal, four-alarm fire broke out in the main building of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on of the major arts schools in New York City, late last night, causing a partial collapse of the building’s roof, and massive damage to its structure and facade.

Fire at Pratt Institute, via NY1
Fire at Pratt Institute, via NY1

Built in 1886, the building is a part of the Pratt Historic District, located in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood.  The fire, which started some time around 2:00 AM last night, tore through its upper floors, which contains classrooms and studios for the college’s highly regarded fine art program.  Fed by the all-wood interior and large windows, it quickly spread through the upper floors.  Many students had work stored in the building, and could only look on in horror.

Fire at Pratt Institute, via Brooklyn News 12
Fire at Pratt Institute, via Brooklyn News 12

Some reports have cited the fire as suspicious, as the building is generally unoccupied after 9:00PM, and an investigation of the blaze is currently underway.  No injuries were reported.

Fire at Pratt Institute, via NY1
Fire at Pratt Institute, via NY1

—D. Creahan

Read more:
Brooklyn News 12 Fire Footage
NY 1 Coverage of the Fire
New York Daily News