N. Y. Fire Caused by Incendiarism
In some mysterious way, the two top floors of a sevenstory apartment building under construction at 225 W 23rd Street, were damaged by fire. Fire Marshal Thomas P. Brophy started an investigation shortly after the fire was discovered and twenty-four witnesses were questioned. At first he was inclined to believe that the labor racketeers who were operating in the Bronx area had extended their field to include Manhattan. But the investigation disclosed that this was the wrong theory and the blaze was probably due to incendiarism.
Fire was discovered at five o’clock just as the plasterers were getting ready to leave. The night watchman, who had just arrived, turned in the alarm.
When the first company arrived, the upper part of one wing was a roaring mass of flames and smoke. The fire threatened to spread to the Y. M. C. A., next door and to the Eastman Kodak Building on the other side. The second alarm brought Chief Kenton, and a third alarm was turned in immediately. Fifteen pieces of apparatus responded. The streets were jammed with employees of the various fur shops who were then on their way home.
The fire was brought under control before damage could be done to the adjoining buildings.