Update as of March 5, 7:06 a.m.
The following message was sent to the Barnard community at 7:04 a.m.
Dear members of the Barnard community,
We are happy to report that 600 is now fully operational with heat and hot water, and air-cleaning measures are underway. All residents should feel comfortable staying in their suites at this point, though Barnard's Residential Life staff remains available to help relocate any students who would prefer to stay somewhere else.
I expect that this will be the last community-wide email regarding this situation, though Residential Life will remain in close contact with all residents of 600 to provide additional updates about the process for restoring gas stoves and any other outstanding issues.
At the end of this experience, I am grateful that our students are safe and returning back to their normal routines. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts made by so many people across campus, including staff members who worked hard to bring 600 back online as quickly as possible, and our students who exhibited great patience and support of one another throughout this trying time.
I hope you have a wonderful, less eventful rest of the week.
Update as of March 4, 11:39 p.m.
The process for restoring heat and hot water is now expected to be completed by 1am. We will continue to update this site as more information is available. Any students in need of a place to stay tonight should contact Public Safety at 212-854-3362 or x88 in order to arrange alternative accommodations.
Update as of March 4, 9:03 p.m.
The process for restoring heat and hot water in 600 is underway, but has not yet been completed. We anticipate that heat and hot water will be back by 11pm. Any students who would prefer to stay somewhere else tonight should be in touch with Public Safety at 212-854-3362 or x88 on campus in order to arrange alternative accommodations.
Update as of March 4, 5:02 p.m.
The following message was sent to the Barnard community at 5:00 p.m.:
Dear members of the Barnard community,
We are happy to confirm that heat and hot water will be restored to the 600 Residence Hall this evening between 8 and 9 p.m. Gas will not be restored and residents will be unable to use stoves; Barnard Facilities staff is continuing to work with the appropriate authorities to restore gas for stoves, and we will keep residents posted. We have also engaged an air-cleaning service to address the residual smell of smoke. We expect that the air-cleaning process will begin this evening and continue for the next couple of days.
By the time heat and hot water are restored this evening, all student rooms and suites should be fully inhabitable. If students have any concerns about staying in their apartments, however, they should feel free to contact Residential Life about alternative accommodations. Students should also feel free to continue going to Hewitt for two meals a day until we have better knowledge about when the gas stoves will be functional.
Thank you to everyone on campus who has been working tirelessly to get 600 back up and running.
Dean Avis Hinkson
Update as of March 4, 11:30 a.m.
Barnard's Facilities Services anticipates that heat and hot water will be restored to 600 this evening. Residents should expect to receive more specific information about timing and logistics from Residential Life later today.
Update as of March 4, 10:20 a.m.
The following message was sent to the Barnard community at 10:18 a.m.:
Dear members of the Barnard Community,
This morning we are extremely thankful that everyone is safe following last night's fire in 600. As of 8 a.m. this morning, residents were allowed to re-enter the building. The Facilities staff is working with Con Edison to restore heat, hot water, and gas to the building.
We know that many of you are exhausted and overwhelmed from this frightening experience, and that your routines have been significantly disrupted. If you have concerns that you want to discuss about your classes or assignments, please be in touch with your class dean.
The three students who were taken to the hospital were treated and released. If any additional students are in need of medical treatment or emotional support, remember that the staffs of Barnard Primary Care Health Services or Furman Counseling Center are available to help.
Many thanks are due to staff members in Residential Life, Public Safety, and Facilities, who worked through the night to ensure the safety of our students and to help ready the building to open first thing this morning. We are also grateful to the many students who offered their classmates from 600 support and a place to stay.
Additionally, as work continues to restore the building to its normal conditions, we are deeply appreciative of the patience and understanding of our students who are displaced. We are committed to making your residence fully available to you as soon as possible, and will continue to provide updates as more information is available.
Update as of March 4, 9:00 a.m.
600 Residents were allowed to reenter the building beginning at 8am this morning following last night's fire. The Facilities staff is working with ConEdison to restore heat, hot water, and gas to the building. We expect to know more by mid-morning.
Update as of March 4, 3:45 a.m.
The NYC Department of Buildings has inspected the entire building. 600 residents will be permitted to access the building beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4. At that time, the building will not yet have its heat, hot water or gas service restored. Residents may wish to stay with friends in other residence halls or to contact Residential Life for assistance in finding a temporary location to stay. Showers are also available in the Quad bathrooms and Barnard Hall locker rooms. Until the gas is restored, 600 residents may eat 2 meals per day in the Hewitt Dining Hall. A more detailed email from Res Life has been sent directly to 600 residents.
We should have more information regarding the timeline for restoration of gas service to the building in the morning.
Update as of March 4, 1:30 a.m.
There was a fire this evening in 600 W. 116th St. The fire is under control and is being attended to by FDNY and emergency personnel. The residents of 600 were evacuated to other locations on campus and were advised to secure alternate housing for the night. If anyone does not have an alternate place to sleep, please click on one of the lists below to find a host or email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who have helped their fellow students by offering support and a place to stay.
We are aware of two students who were brought to the hospital for minor injuries. Barnard staff accompanied them to the hospital.
Classes will take place on Wednesday on a normal schedule. If you need support from your class dean or advisor, please don't hesitate to reach out to them tomorrow.
Residents of 600 will be contacted when it is safe to return to the building.