Life Lost in Brooklyn Blaze

Life Lost in Brooklyn Blaze

Five alarms were necessary in a fire on October 30, in Brooklyn Borough, New York City, when the factory building occupied by the Kasbier-Chatfield Company, manufacturers of shellac, caught fire in one of the lower floors and owing to the inflammable contents leaped with great rapidity throughout the building. A spectator reported seeing the faces of girls at a window which afterward disappeared and several firemen made their way to the fire escapes on the fifth floor in an attempt to rescue these women. While on the escapes the floors of the building collapsed carrying down the iron balconies and the firemen were left dangling in the air holding to the coping of the building, with smoke and flames pouring out all around them. They were rescued just in time by their comrades with aerial ladders. It was afterwards found that the report of the girls being trapped was a mistake, as these women had all gone home before the fire started. One person was killed and several injured, however, by jumping when the fire first started. One girl leaped from the fourth floor to the sidewalk. Apparatus from all parts of the borough were summoned by the alarms. The floors and roof of the building, as will be seen by the illustrations, collapsed leaving nothing but a shell. The loss was estimated at $50,000.

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Collapsed Roof and Shell of Brooklyn, N. Y., Varnish Factory

Life Lost in Brooklyn Blaze

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