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A fire marshall’s truck on West 21st Street. Photo: Artnews.

Firefighters Extinguish Blaze at New York’s Paula Cooper Gallery

Several galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York were evacuated and temporarily closed earlier today after a one-alarm fire broke out at a building at 521 West Twenty-First Street, Rebecca Liebson and Stephanie Pagones of the New York Post report. The New York City Fire Department was alerted to the blaze around 11:30 AM and were able to contain the fire within the hour.

The venue serves as the home of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and Kravets Wehby Gallery, among other businesses. It also houses a storage facility and a programming space for Paula Cooper Gallery, where the fire started. While no injuries were reported, the extent of the damage was unclear. A spokesperson for the fire department said that the cause seemed to have been electrical and that the fire marshal plans to conduct a full investigation to confirm.

Cooper told Artnews that she is sure there was some damage. She also praised the fire department and the support she has been receiving from other galleries. “Our neighbors have been so nice,” Cooper said, referring to the support she received from 303 Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Gagosian Gallery, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. “What a life.”

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