By M.A. Rahman and Zainab Iqbal
Published: February 7th, 2018
Two faint but noticeable plumes of smoke emerged on campus near the West End Building (WEB) on Brooklyn College last Thursday at around 6:30 pm—a trailer had caught on fire.
According to Assistant Vice President for Facilities Francis X. Fitzgerald, the Dormitory Authority State of NY (DASNY) trailer caught on fire, though the cause is still not yet confirmed. All BC students got an alert Thursday evening saying the WEB and West Gate entrances were closed while the FDNY worked to put out the fire, but were reopened shortly after.
Fitzgerald confirmed that no one was hurt and the trailer was empty.
The students unbeknownst to this occurrence continued their stroll to presumably leave campus via the exit on Ave. H and Ocean Avenue. But they were soon met with an impasse of security and obscuring smoke that stopped all traffic passing the Film Department building.
One officer standing by the exit told students to “turn back” as fire trucks scrambled onto the scene. Soon students and faculty from the the WEB poured outside to only be greeted by the fierce scenery nearby.
People began to come up with their own theories as to what caused the fire, some blaming it on the school administration’s perceived poor handling of infrastructure.
For nearly everyone, impressions of confusion and gloom were on full display, while for others anger and agitation was what overcame them.
“I’ve got my glasses in there!” cried out one elderly gentlemen pointing to the WEB. A technician responded with, “You’ll get your stuff, it is still sitting right there.”
“It’s not there if it burns up,” the elderly man retorted.
The smoke dissipated at around 7 p.m., and people were soon allowed to go and grab their belongings.
“I thank the tireless work of Public Safety and Facilities staff during the fire and in cleanup efforts afterward,” Fitzgerald said.