Fatal Fire in Cabinet Factory, Brooklyn.
When Batallion Chief Fitzgerald responded to an alarm for a fire in the cabinet making plant of E. B. Jordan & Co., Brooklyn, and saw the flames spouting from the windows of the building and threatening adjoining property, he turned in a second and soon afterward a third alarm. With its combustible contents, the building burned like a torch, and the tire, which some careless person is thought to have started by’ throwing a lighted match into a heap of rubbish, was soon a mass of flatnos. The workmen on the upper floors, some sixty in number, escaped with great difficulty. The intrepid work of the elevator ntan, who continued to run his car until the last man had escaped, and sacrificed his own life to sec all safely out. being chiefly instrumental in their rescue. Two other men lost their lives in the fire. Between two of the three buildings occupied by the cabinet making concern, is an areaway, and it was not until the firemen had fought their way into this veritable furnace that there seemed any hope of preventing the spread of the flames to a big ink factory, next door, with its stock of chemicals, etc. Sheer grit and plenty of water finally prevailed, and at 7:30, about two hours after it started, the fire was under control. The building in which it started was practically reduced to ruins and the adjoining structure completely gutted. The owner’s estimate places the loss at $80,000, of which $60,000 represented the value of the stock destroyed.