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School Closing/Emergency Information

Fri, Jun 23, 10:15 am

Event Management and Facilities Rental staff are working with the administration to learn the extent to which any public space may be unavailable from residual consequences due to the fire in Feldman basement that happened on Wednesday, June 21. Moreover, we are waiting to learn about the availability of all facilities, including classrooms, that may need to be reassigned in the short term to accommodate fire-related cleanup. 

At this time, we are addressing those events that were scheduled in FIT space from this past Wednesday into early next week. On Monday, June 26, we will begin to focus on events scheduled into early July as well as new requests for both FIT and external clients.

If you have an immediate problem or question that cannot wait until the office reopens on Monday, please leave a message at 212 217 4120.


Thu, Jun 22, 8:45 pm

The fire on Wednesday, June 21 was caused by a spark from routine soldering in the basement of Feldman Center. It was extinguished quickly by the FDNY, who remained on site to assess and investigate conditions. Environmental and structural testing, assessment, and remediation has been conducted. Initial tests indicate that there are no problems with air quality, but we are waiting for results of a second environmental test that are being evaluated in a laboratory.

While most of the fire damage was confined to the Feldman Center basement, smoke and water affected some other spaces in Feldman. Clean up in those areas is on-going. 

To ensure the health and safety of the FIT community, the academic buildings, including the library and museum, will remain closed through Sunday, June 25. The results of the environmental tests will determine whether these buildings can reopen on Monday, June 26. Please check FITAlert and the FIT website on Sunday evening.

All classes, both credit and noncredit, remain canceled. 

Those who need access to personal items left in classrooms or offices may request a public safety escort by going to Feldman lobby. There will be no other admittance allowed.


Wed, Jun 21; 4:04 pm

For Thursday, June 22, all academic buildings on 27th Street will be closed in order to facilitate remediation as a result of the fire in the basement of Feldman Center. This includes Gladys Marcus Library, The Museum at FIT, the dining hall, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble at FIT, and all academic spaces, such as labs and studios. Residence halls will be open as scheduled.

All classes, both credit and noncredit, are canceled. 

Part-time employees who were scheduled to work on Wednesday and/or Thursday will be paid for those scheduled hours.

Employees who work at 333 Seventh Avenue should report to work as scheduled. All IT staff who work on West 27th Street should report to work at 333 Seventh Avenue.

All academic building lobbies will be staffed by public safety officers. Those who need access to personal items left in classrooms or offices may request an escort by going to the appropriate building lobby. There will be no other admittance provided. 

10:57 am

Due to ongoing smoke management and investigation, all buildings on 27th Street are closed and all classes are canceled for the remainder of the day. This includes Gladys Marcus Library and The Museum at FIT. Employees who work on 27th Street may leave for the day. Offices at 333 Seventh Avenue remain open.

Employees and students who need to retrieve personal belongings should remain on standby until FIT receives further instruction from FDNY regarding access to any campus buildings. We will share that information as soon as we have details about entering the buildings.

Decisions about Thursday (June 22) operations will be made Wednesday evening. Students and employees should monitor this website, FIT email, and FIT Alert for ongoing information.

10:05 am

There is no longer a fire condition, but a smoke condition is being managed.

Faculty and staff may use available office space at 333 Seventh Avenue while the 27th Street evacuation remains in place. An HR representive will be in the lobby for assistance. 

9:45 am

Due to a fire condition in the basement of the Feldman Center, the following buildings have been evacuated and will remain off limits until further notice:

  • Dubinsky Center
  • Business and Liberal Arts Center
  • Feldman Center
  • Pomerantz Center
  • Goodman Center

The fire is contained and under control. Two FIT public safety officers are being treated for smoke inhalation.


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