Columbia College Building Fire in New York
About one-half of the upper story of University Hall, at Columbia College, New York City, was damaged by fire at midnight October 9, Fire Prevention Day, with a loss estimated at about $50,000. The building, which is located on side of the hill in the centre of the college yard, with only the top story on a level with the lower story of other college buildings, was constructed of brownstone with a temporary wooden roof, as additional stories were to be added later. The lower story, occupied as an engine room and electric plant, received only a slight water damage. The building was about 75 by 150 feet in area and was occupied as a gymnasium, a swimming pool, an indoor running track and several small rooms used for various purposes. There was no other building within one hundred feet of this building and all surrounding buildings were of brick and stone construction, and none were in much danger at any time. There was a short delay in opening the yard gates, not enough to cause any serious delay to the department, but enough to make a sensational newspaper story. Four alarms called 16 engines and other apparatus into service.