Fire in West Broadway, Manhattan.
Early on January 3 the fire illustrated by this cut occurred in Manhattan in the 5-story brick building, 387-389 West Broadway, and for some time defied the high-pressure steamers. The building was very deep and ran through to Wooster street; the street was very narrow; the heat was intense; and three alarms had to be turned in before there were men enough to handle the nozzles. The water tower was set up in Wooster street, and the high-pressure tender, with its hose and big nozzle, took up its position on West Broadway, and at the end of twenty-five minutes there were 16 lines of hose in operation. The fire patrol men had a narrow escape, as the enormous weight of water thrown on the upper floors caused them to collapse, while the covers were being spread on the goods in the floors below. As the lire began to yield, it was possible to get in lines of hose through the ground floor and by the fire escape. But the blaze, notwithstanding the high-pressure streams, was not even under control for an hour and a half. The loss was well on to $150,000; some estimated at $200,000. It may be added that the fire was a very difficult one to fight. Deputy Chief Martin had to have the Sixth avenue L trains stopped, so as to allow the firemen to take lines of hose up on the elevated structure. At the height of the blaze there were sixteen high-pressure streams and streams from twelve engines at work at once.