Hose Bursts at 5-Alarm Fire

Issue 4 and Volume 88.

Hose Bursts at 5-Alarm Fire Eight lengths of fire hose burst on March 27, while members of the New York Fire Department were fighting a five-alarm fire at Beekman Street that was fed by essential oils, perfumes, and flavoring extracts stored in the two buildings damaged. The burst hose, which hampered firemen in their operations, is said to be the result of the Mayor’s policy in holding up contracts for at least 150,000 feet of new hose which are badly needed for replacements. The fire was discovered at 5:20 a.m., when the heat of the flames set off a private alarm system. A watchman turned in the alarm. When Engine 30 arrived, a second alarm was turned in, followed by three others in rapid succession. Flames shot through the five floors of the brick building, jumped an air shaft in the rear and spread to the next building. Buildings to…

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