FIRE IN A NEW YORK BREWERY.
A four-alarm fire at Jacob Hoffman’s brewery, at 206-218 East Fifty-fifth street, Manhattan, New York, caused considerable alarm because of the presence, directly adjoining the burning brewery, of a large building containing ammonia tanks. This made the firemen work with great energy to prevent an explosion, as an explosion in 1898 had once before demolished the entire structure. The brewery buildings arc four in number, and the fire spread to three of them. The night engineer of the plant shut off all power in the engine rooms, and allowed the ammonia to escape from the pipes in the storage houses, preventing explosions there. The fumes, however, escaped and hampered the firemen, whose good work saved to the east the Doelger brewery, on the west, the A. Wolff bottling works, and in the rear, the Kress brewery. Frank Byrnes, attached to engine company No. 8, was on the second floor of the front of the warehouse hauling up a line. He had his foot thrust out for a hold, and was straddling the hose, when it broke. He was knocked from the roof, but, in falling, be caught a line of hose, and slid without injury to the ground. He had the escape of his life.