Oh noes! A little before 10 p.m. tonight, the Radian’s fire alarm went off. Fire trucks raced to the scene as scores of students littered the sidewalk. We wonder: What could have caused the fire? Was there even a fire? If so, we’re putting our money on those fancy fire pits at the City Tap House.
Basically, some fancy law with a long name requires universities to report security practices and crime statistics on a yearly basis, and (since you’re reading this), you probably already got the e-mail. However, we’ll post it anyway, along with the conclusions we’ve drawn.
Tipsters tell us that Meyerson has just been evacuated and firetrucks and the po-po are rollin’ out. Apparently, today’s snow wasn’t enough to counteract the fire. No word yet on if anything’s actually in flames, but it’s safe to report that those people herded outside are probably cold.
Tipsters have alerted us to a fire near the Mayer Residences and ZBT frat house this morning. Looks like the fire department arrived a few minutes ago. A passerby says no one was harmed – no official word on the extent of the damage or the cause, although rumors are surfacing that it may have been an electrical fire. Got any other info? Let us know! email@example.com.
Update: It appears it was an electrical fire at ZBT, not Mayer. Word is no one was harmed, and the house is now being ventilated. Check out the DP’s full story here.
Remember when there was a fire at University Pinball in August? After a semester of renovations, it looks like the Spruce Street arcade is almost ready to reopen for business, just in time for the Spring semester.
But the alarm went off. And a firetruck came. See our pics below.
And now everyone is back inside. What an exciting Thursday!
The DP says no one was hurt in the car fire outside the Radian shown above, so it’s okay to say: OH MAN HOW CRAZY DOES THAT LOOK? If not for the quick reporting of the finest paper on campus, we might think this was not a fire, but in fact our boy Marty McFly traveling from either the past or the future. Probably because Biff stole that almanac AGAIN. Biff and his almanacs, you guys – when’s he going to stop already?
Photo by Thomas Jansen
Our intrepid Features editor Paul Richards sent us this photo of a firetruck zooming up Locust Walk. Turns out there was some smoke coming from a building near The Arch, but no actual fire to speak of.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the fire above University Pinball was caused by the apartment’s electrical wiring system. No word yet on how extensive the damage is, but it sounds like University Pinball wasn’t directly affected. So… that’s a relief.
The DP reports:
A fire broke out early Sunday morning in the apartments above University Pinball, located at 4008 Spruce St.
The Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s office was continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze Sunday afternoon.
The fire, which was mostly contained to the third floor of the building, was called in at about 12:15 a.m., a Philadelphia Fire Department dispatch supervisor said.
The dispatch supervisor said the fire was under control in half an hour. Firefighters remained on the scene for more than an hour early Sunday.
Everyone living in the building was located and safely escorted out, according to Penn Division of Public Safety spokeswoman Stef Cella.
One firefighter was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a minor injury, the dispatch supervisor said. He would not say the nature of the injury, but said the firefighter has been released from the hospital.
The dispatch supervisor said he did not know how much damage the building sustained.