Brooklyn’s Narrow Escape.

Brooklyn’s Narrow Escape.

MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE TWO FIRES ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 24, BROOKLYN.

Few people outside of the Fire Department of Brooklyn know of the great danger that threatened Brooklyn by fire on the night of November 23 and the early morning of November 24. This was during the time that the water supply was entirely cut off from the city in consequence of the break in the conduit. Shortly before midnight an alarm came in from Court street for a fire in the middle of a crowded block of stores between Harrison and Degraw streets. A third alarm was sent out immediately afterwards, but the apparatus was of little or no use because of the lack of water. It was then that the utility of the fire boat was demonstrated. Steaming to the foot of Irving street two lines of hose, each 3600 feet in length, were stretched in from the Seth Low, and water taken from Buttermilk channel. The fire boat lay nearly 4000 feet from the fire, which was 200 feet above the level of the river. The fire raged with terrific fury, but the powerful pumps of the Seth Low proved a formidable foe to the fire fiend. While the flames were at their height an alarm came in from Union street, where a paper factory was ablaze. Three steamers dropped their suctions into the river, and 1000 feet of hose were stretched in from the Seth Low. making in all 8200 feet of hose through which the fire boat pumps were forcing water. No such amount of work was expected from them, but the firemen were conscious of the danger that confronted them, and put on all that the pumps would stand. The result proved a complete triumph for the fire boat, and saved Brooklyn from a terrible holocaust.

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