An explosion and subsequent fire in a restaurant near Columbia and Barnard College injured five people and forced the evacuation of two Barnard dorms on Tuesday night, the New York Daily News reported.
The explosion was reported at 11:30 p.m. on the ground floor of an 11-story building at 600 W. 116th St., police told the Daily News. Witnesses reported the explosion occurred at Ollie’s Noodle Shop & Grille, a restaurant often frequented by students. The restaurant is adjacent to several Barnard dorms on the corner of Broadway.
The detonation blew off the facade of the restaurant on 116th St. and Broadway.
A second blast shook the dorms and sprayed debris over cars parked in front of the restaurant, witnesses told the Daily News.
While the exact source of the fire is still being investigated, the fire started in the boiler room in the back of the dorms before spreading to the restaurant,a police official told the Daily News.
Authorities said the fire was under control by 12:46 a.m.
Four firefighters and one civilian were treated for minor injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital.