by Cori Hilsgen
A paint shop built on the southwest side of St. John’s University campus was recently damaged by fire. A sign on the building states it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
Director of Media Relations Michael Hemmesch said the fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. The St. John’s Fire Department responded, and Avon and St. Joseph fire departments were also called to assist. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.
Hemmesch said a cause of the fire and estimate of damages are unknown at this time.
The building was designed by Fr. Raphael Knapp, OSB, and constructed in 1912. It was originally designed as a laundry and currently houses the paint and finishing department of SJU.