Brooklyn Firemen Barely Escape Falling Walls

Brooklyn Firemen Barely Escape Falling Walls

Fire destroyed the factory of the Adler Veneer Chair Company on Miton street, Brooklyn, last week, and damaged two rows of tenements, one in Franklin street and the other iii Greenpoint avenue. It was a stubborn blaze. Battalion Chief John Norton and six men had narrow escapes when in a long alleyway which separated the factory from the frame plant of Hendley & Pendleton. The firemen were trying to prevent the flames from spreading to the latter building. Suddenly Deputy Chief Lally gave a warning shout, and as the men leaped through windows of the frame building the easterly wall of the factory collapsed with a crash that could be heard several blocks away. Calls were sent for aid from St. Catherine’s, the Williamsburg and the Eastern District hospitals. Two surgeons accompanied tin ambulance from each hospital. Before they arrived, however, Norton and his men had made their way to Milton street and reported to Chief Lally. The fire had raged for more than an hour when the firemen started to play streams of water on the frame building. Wall after wall collapsed with resounding reports, and although the firemen were constantly risking their lives, there was not a single accident. The accompanying photographs furnish a vivid idea of how the department combatted the flames and of the falling walls, which were “caught” by the photographer while in their descent.

THE ADLER VENEER FACTORY FIRE, INSTANTANEOUS VIEW OF A FALLING WALL, WHERE A NUMBER OF FIREMEN NARROWLY ESCAPED.

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