Four Alarm Blaze Follows Explosion in Chemicals

Issue 15 and Volume 79.

Four Alarm Blaze Follows Explosion in Chemicals New York City Has Big Eire in Its Drug and Chemical District—Building Once Housed Engine 32 THE old drug and chemical district of New Yorkhad as spectacular a fire as has been witnessed in many years on Monday, July 26, when an explosion rocked the six story brick building of Pierre Lemoine, Inc., at No. 108 John street. The blast occurred at about 12.50 p. m., apparently on the fourth floor, where an employee, John Marquardt was at luncheon. He told Deputy Chief Fire Marshal John P. Prial that he saw flames in the rear of that floor and that when he attempted to extinguish the fire, the explosion occurred, burning him badly. He fled from the building. A Postal Telegraph messenger boy across the street rang in the alarm at John and Pearl streets. Deputy Chief William Clark, hero of the famous…

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