NEW YORK: A Monday night electrical fire in the basement of Weber Shandwick's New York headquarters has shut down the building for the week.
No one was injured in the fire, and the agency's office at 919 3rd Avenue in Manhattan saw no damage, said Joy Farber-Kolo, EVP and deputy GM of Weber New York.
The building's power was shut down after the fire. While auxiliary power has been running, Farber-Kolo said the office has no air conditioning and only partial lighting.
Farber-Kolo said she was unsure about what caused the fire, but New York TV station PIX 11 reported that one of the five transformers in the building caught fire.
With the office closed, Weber staffers have either worked remotely or at the offices of McCann or Interpublic Group. Other IPG firms in the same building, such as GolinHarris, Rogers & Cowan, and Jack Martin Worldwide, were also affected.
Farber-Kolo said that “it's been business as usual,” noting that most of the staff members have laptops. A few left their laptops in the office Monday night, but she said the facilities manager was able to get into the office and return equipment to their owners.
She added that power was on again at the building on Thursday, and the firm plans on returning to the office on Friday.
Weber did not tell all of its clients about the fire because “it didn't impact work,” said Farber-Kolo. She added that staffers have mentioned the incident to some clients in the course of conversation.
This story was updated on June 14 to correct that some Weber staffers were working from Interpublic offices in other locations.