4-alarm fire engulfs art building at Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill

Officials say flames caused a partial roof collapse at 200 Willoughby Ave. (2/15/13)

BROOKLYN - The main art building at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute was engulfed by a four-alarm fire overnight.

According to the FDNY, flames ripped through the top floor of 200 Willoughby Ave. in Clinton Hill at around 2:00 a.m., causing the roof to partially collapse. About 200 firefighters responded and several were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

A faculty member says the building houses the president's office on the lower level and art classrooms on the upper levels. He says it's a big setback for a university that's already strapped for space.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.  

To watch extended footage from the Pratt Institute fire, click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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