Grand Central Subway Fire Undermines 42nd Street

Issue 8 and Volume 117.

Grand Central Subway Fire Undermines 42nd Street New York fire fighters thread 21 lines through underground maze SCORCHED FIRE FIGHTERS spent over an hour doggedly probing a maze of tunnels and passageways in Manhattan before finding a tenable route to a fire which was destroying the Grand Central shuttle station in the early hours of April 21. The fire darkened down 10 minutes after the first lines hit it, but in the interim several subway cars and a 300-by-30foot wooden platform had been destroyed. Metal girders supporting the roadbed of 42nd Street buckled from the intense heat, which also severely damaged a dozen stores in the underground complex. As a result 42nd Street was closed between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue for several weeks until new supports were placed and the sagged roadbed brought back to level. The Times Square-Grand Central subway shuttle runs some 2,700 feet under 42nd Street…

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