Leadership

SIX DEAD IN NEW YORK TENEMENT HOUSE FIRE IN COLORED DISTRICT

Issue 18 and Volume 79.

SIX DEAD IN NEW YORK TENEMENT HOUSE FIRE IN COLORED DISTRICT Open Trench Resulting from Subway Excavation Makes It Impossible to Raise Ladders —Three Alarms Sounded FIRE of undetermined origin took the lives of six Negroes and destroyed the interior of a five story brick tenement at No. 420 St. Nicholas avenue, New York city, early in the morning of September 1st. The house is one of a row known in Harlem as “Millionaire’s Row” because the more prosperous colored folks reside there. It faces St. Nicholas Park and is on the westerly rim or edge of Harlem’s black belt. The front door as usual, in such a locality, was closed but not locked. The stairs were wood, covered with carpet, capped with rubber or metal holders. There were ten families in the building, numbering about 35 persons in all. In front of the house, the City of New York…

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