Electrical fire in Pace University building prompts dorm evacuation

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Smoke is seen coming out of Pace University from an electrical fire. (@Tommy2272/Twitter)

LOWER MANHATTAN — Pace University officials say a Con Edison equipment malfunction sparked an electrical fire in one of the buildings Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the basement of the building around 3:30 p.m., at One Pace Plaza. It quickly grew to two alarms as smoke poured outside.

The dorm next door was evacuated as a precaution.

Pace University officials say the fire appeared “to have been the result of a malfunction in the Con Edison equipment bringing power into the building.”

By 6 p.m., the FDNY deemed the building safe and students were allowed to reenter their rooms.

No one was injured in the fire.

The building was not damaged.