Leadership

Death and Destruction Wholesale— In New York City’s Worst Pier Fire Disaster

Issue 1 and Volume 110.

Death and Destruction Wholesale— In New York City’s Worst Pier Fire Disaster FEATURES N. Y. F. D. photo by Hellriegel & Heffernan Fire force successfully meets unparalleled situation in which 10 were killed, 246 injured and chaos threatened the Brooklyn waterfront NEW YORK has had many pier fires of consequence but none so loaded with drama, tragedy and miracles as that which swept Pier 37 at the foot of 35th Street, Brooklyn, on December 3rd, bringing death to ten persons, injuries to 246 and causing estimated property loss of $15 million. The fire started shortly before 3:15 p.m. on the 1,748-foot structure of the Luckenbach Steamship Lines, longest marine terminal in the city, located in the Bush Terminal sector, part of the New York Port of Embarkation in World War II. The pier, built in 1916, consisted of a metal-clad wood structure, one story in height, on decking of 12…

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