POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam is working to rehouse students following a fire last night at Van Housen Hall. College officials say 62 students who were residing or staying in the building at the time of the fire...
An earlier version of this story was originally posted at 7:55 p.m. Saturday.
POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam is working to rehouse students following a fire last night at Van Housen Hall.
College officials say 62 students who were residing or staying in the building at the time of the fire were provided accommodations on campus for the night, if they needed.
“Those who wish to stay with friends or family elsewhere are welcome to do so, but are asked to provide their contact information and location to Residence Life, so that the campus can be in touch regarding next steps as we prepare for the building to be cleared for reentry,” SUNY Potsdam officials said.
Four fire trucks plus emergency vehicles responded about 6:28 p.m. Saturday, according to student Zachariah Morehouse, who lives in Van Housen.
College officials reported the fire out around 8 p.m. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Earlier during the incident college students and dorm residents were advised of the fire and asked that if they were in or near the hall to leave the building and vicinity calmly and quickly.
Students are not to enter the area until fire personnel or college officials have given the all clear.
According to eyewitnesses at the scene, emergency personnel broke windows to vent the building and firefighters had accessed the Van Housen roof while responding to the fire.
After the fire had been put down, all Van Housen residents were told to report to the Fireside Lounge in the Barrington Student Union.
According to students at the scene observing the response, Canton, Potsdam, West Stockholm, Hannawa Falls and Parishville fire departments were at the scene, along with the St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team.
College staff were to be available to provide further assistance and information, as the damage is assessed and the College determines next steps.
Students were told that for emergency assistance, they should call 911 or contact University Police by the Rave Guardian mobile app or by calling (315) 267-2222.