The Ithaca Fire Department responded to the Ithaca College campus on Thursday morning for a fire alarm activation, and found heavy smoke and a sprinkler activation on the tenth floor of the East Tower residence hall when they arrived just before 9am.
Students were evacuating the high-rise residence hall to the adjacent parking lot with temperatures in the teens when firefighters arrived, and crews entered the building to search for anyone remaining inside, and stretch hose lines to battle the fire.
A statement from IFD public information officer Lt. Thomas T. Basher Jr. says no one was injured in the fire, and campus officials moved students to the Towers Dining Hall to keep warm while firefighters worked on the building.
“While there was significant damage to the room, the fire was contained and did not spread to any other rooms,” Basher tells us.
Basher says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and he credits the working sprinkler system and fire alarm system, as well as quick work by first responders, for the positive outcome.