Leadership

THE RECENT FATAL FIRE IN NEW YORK CITY.

Issue 14 and Volume 39.

THE RECENT FATAL FIRE IN NEW YORK CITY. Under the caption of “A Needless Sacrifice,” “L. F.” writes to the editor of the New York Times on the “seemingly unnecessary loss of life at the recent Bedford street fire” in Manhattan, New York, at which engine company No. 14 lost its captain and three of its firemen, and was otherwise so depleted of its men as to show a very small number answering to their names on their return to their engine house. He thinks that such a terrible loss of life should “merit a thorough investigation by Commissioner O’Brien. “It was evident to any novice (he adds) that the buildings on fire were doomed, and the tall walls of the seven or more stories of the factory were liable and likely to fall in all directions at any moment. Why, then, were any of the men allowed to work…

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