Story by Reporters Kelsey O’Connor and Alyvia Covert

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca firefighters have extinguished a reported room fire Thursday morning at residence hall at Ithaca College.

The Ithaca Fire Department responded to a reported room fire just before 9 a.m. Thursday. The fire was on the 10th floor of East Tower, a large residence hall. School officials said the tower is closed until further notice while crews assess the building.

Safety personnel at Ithaca College initially reported heavy smoke in the hallway of the 10th floor and sprinkler activation. Students were able to safely evacuate the building and no one was injured, according to the IFD.

When firefighters arrived, they entered the building and searched to see if anyone was still inside, a news release said. Though there was significant damage to the room, the fire was contained to one room.

By about 10 a.m., the fire was knocked down and firefighters were cleaning up at the scene.

With temperatures in the teens Thursday morning, students were moved to the Towers Dining Hall nearby to keep warm.

The fire was contained to the room it started, Lt. Tom Basher of the Ithaca Fire Department said at the scene. The cause of the fire is unknown at this point. Basher said they are looking into whether it may have been electrical-related.

“Fire Officials credit the working sprinkler and fire alarm system as well as the quick work by first responders for the positive outcome. Early notification and quick responses keep these potentially serious events, from turning tragic,” the Ithaca Fire Department said in a news release.

Kelsey O'Connor

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