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“FIREPROOF” PIER DESTROYED BY SMOKY FIVE-ALARM FIRE

Issue 6 and Volume 85.

“FIREPROOF” PIER DESTROYED BY SMOKY FIVE-ALARM FIRE Concrete Floor Two Feet Thick Prevents Access to Blaze in Understructure—Delayed Alarm Responsible for Large Losses SEVEN fireboats, fifty fire companies and over seven hundred firemen were called when five alarms were sounded for a fire which destroyed the “fireproof” pier of the Cunard line in New York City on May 6. The superstructure of the pier was constructed of steel and was undoubtedly as fireproof as its designers could make it. The trouble, however, was underneath. The pier was held up by wooden piles on which were wooden beams that supported wooden sleepers and a two foot floor of concrete. Fire started in the creosote saturated beams. For a time the company’s men fought what appeared to be a very small but smoky fire. However, while attempts were being made to locate the smoky blaze, flames crept along the understructure and increased…

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