NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A four-alarm fire damaged the main campus building at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
The fire started around 2 a.m. Friday in the Main Hall building at the private arts college.
The six-story building’s roof and its sixth floor were gutted, the school said in a statement. The fifth floor was also badly damaged by the fire and there is water damage throughout the building.
Some of Pratt’s seniors lost years’ worth of work.
Thomas Shapiro lost paintings he planned to sell to help pay for school, but he considered himself among the luckier ones.
“One of my good friends was actually just about to go for an interview over at Yale for grad school and her entire portfolio got destroyed,” Shapiro told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
He said it hurts to see all that effort and labor lost.
“It’s the time, the energy, it’s the raw emotion that goes into being an artist,” Shapiro said.