Leadership

Five New York Fires in Block in Four Hours

Issue 24 and Volume 75.

Five New York Fires in Block in Four Hours Five fires within three square blocks between one o’clock and five o’clock in the morning in the negro section of Harlem, New York City, two weeks ago caused the loss of four lives, injuries to a score of colored persons and struck terror among thousands more who reside in closely quartered tenements in that neighborhood. The fires consisted of one third alarm, two second alarms and two verbal alarms. Four of the five were made the subject of investigation by Fire Marshal Thomas P. Brophy and his staff. Two of the fires were fatal. It was one of the busiest and most exciting four hours the “Black Belt” of New York has had in many years. It caused thousands of negroes to leave their beds and stand guard in their homes or principally in the hallways of the tenements in which…

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