The Math/Stat building on the University of Chicago campus (on University, between 57th and 58th on the east side) is on serious fire. Here’s hoping that a) everyone is ok and b) the very important Center for Gender Studies next door does not burn down either.
Though none of the awesome IT services webcams caught it, there are apparently about nine fire trucks, and so much smoke and water that people are definitely coughing. From my official point of view, they’ve been doing construction on this building for at least a year, it’s pretty old, and it’s been very windy today (though this has not been the worst storm in 70 years), all of which makes for a pretty poor combo. Check out videos here:
IMG_0128 (Mostly Smoke)
and here: IMG_0129(Actual flames)
of LIVE footage of the flames (from a safe distance of course). Note the following dialogue in the second video:
Alicia: “Woooof…Did I just say woof?”
Other Dude: You did just say woof.
For those feeling humorous:
We’ll have more updates when the all-informative Chicago Maroon gets its act together.