FIRE in the Sky

Issue 10 and Volume 111.

FIRE in the Sky New York fire fighters solve the problems of a fire in a steep roof 400 feet above the street N. Y. F. D. photo by Hellriegel-Heffernan ON JULY 22ND, units of the New York Fire Department responded to a telephone alarm for a fire in the Hampshire House, 150 Central Park South, Manhattan, a modern 38-story, fireproof hotel. Except for a special call for a rescue company, at no time did the worker exceed an “all hands” job. The fire is noteworthy, however, because it was fought approximately 400 feet above the street and because of the handicaps overcome. The swank residential hotel’s steeply pitched roof is four stories high and angled at each end, roughly resembling a pyramid. The roof consists of 5-inch reinforced concrete covered with tar paper. Copper sheathing is attached to 4 by 4-inch scantlings bolted to the concrete and running vertically…

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