Raging 4-Alarm Fire Engulfs Pratt Building

By Sheldon Dutes
|  Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 11:06 AM EDT
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Firefighters battled a raging four-alarm fire that tore through a main classroom building at Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus early Friday.

Firefighters battled a raging four-alarm fire that tore through a main classroom building at Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus early Friday.

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Firefighters battled a raging four-alarm fire that tore through a main classroom building at Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus early Friday.

Authorities said the blaze, which officials say is being considered suspicious, erupted on the top floor of the six-story Main Hall building shortly after 2 a.m.

No students were in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported

Firefighters said the roof of the building collapsed and the top floors sustained significant fire and water damage. The blaze was contained by 4:30 a.m.

The main floor destroyed by the inferno houses an art studio where Pratt students spend hours drawing and painting for class. While fire officials do not believe flammable art materials like paint contributed to the fire, many students tweeted their concern some senior projects may have been destroyed by it.

"Your senior year you spend the entire year working on a collection for a show and that's what ... it's really sad," said student Andrena Bitsis.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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