Two explosions and a fire at 116th and Broadway last night destroyed an outpost of Ollie's, a greasy Chinese restaurant that has served as a hangover haven for nearby Columbia students for more than a decade.
The building, which is also a Barnard dorm, was evacuated. "I went out on the street and the whole storefront is falling off...There was a second explosion, there was already black smoke coming out of the building. There was smoke and dust," a student to the Daily News.
The explosions ripped off the facade of the building:
So sad about the explosion at Ollies last night. Hope everyone is okay. pic.twitter.com/3V49ayOlg4— Brent Stockwell (@bstockwell) March 4, 2015
Police say the first started in the boiler room of the dorm and spread to Ollie's. Five people, including four fire fighters were injured.