New York Three Alarm Fire Empties Theatre

Issue 4 and Volume 75.

New York Three Alarm Fire Empties Theatre A fire which swept the five-story building of the New York and Brooklyn Casket Company, at 160 East 126th Street, New York City, on January 7, necessitated the pulling of three alarms before it was under control. Smoke from the fire swept into the 125th Street Theatre in the rear, and the manager of the theatre stepped on the stage requesting the audience to leave, which it did quietly and without any panic. The blaze originated in the basement of the building which was used by the casket company as showrooms and a funeral chapel, shortly before 9 o’clock. Flames had reached the third floor when the first alarm fire apparatus arrived, accompanied by Battalion Chief Webber, who immediatly sent in a second alarm. Chief Kenlon arriving soon after ordered a third. The flames made their way through inflammable stocks of coffins, draperies…

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