Lubricating Oil Fire in New York
A four-story building in Lower Manhattan, New York City, occupied as a warehouse by the New York Lubricating Oil Company, and containing barrelled oil, turned one evening last week. Every floor fell with its load of oil and the roof collapsed, leaving only the walls which served as a flue for the burning oil that had fallen into the basement. Two alarms were sent in and the fire department, under the direction of Chief Kenlon, saved the buildings on either side. One of these is used by the Cotton Exchange for inspecting cotton and the other by a manufacturer of bags and bagging. Several firemen had a narrow escape when fire from the cellar entrance licked up the front of the building trapping them on the first balcony of the fire escape where they were at work with a hose line. They jumped to the sidewalk and escape with a hose line. They, jumped to the sidewalk and escaped with bruises. An employee on the third floor jumped from a window into a courtyard where firemen found him and sent him to a hospital. The burning oil made a dense black smoke. The oil warehouse was devoured and efforts were concentrated on saving adjoining buildings. Several lines of hose were run up to the roofs and upper stories of nearby buildings on the other side of the street. The firemen kept playing eleven streams on the fire until it was under control. A damage of $25,000′ was estimated.