Fire Shuts Power Off at Manhattan School Building

A building that houses six Manhattan schools lost power Thursday night after an electrical fire in the basement, authorities said.

The building on Irving Place near East 16th Street houses the International School, Academy for Software Engineering, Gramercy Arts High School, Success Academy Charter School, the High School for Language and Diplomacy and Union Square Academy for Health Sciences.

It was formerly Washington Irving High School until it was shut last year.

Administrators from the Academy for Software Engineering School said their campus would be closed Friday. They said students and faculty will meet at 40 Irving Place and walk to their evacuation site, where classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

The fire was first reported at about 11:00 p.m. and was placed under control about half-an-hour later, fire officials said. 

No one was injured in the fire. 

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