Narrow Escape of Seven Firemen
On October 30th last one of those close calls that the New York firemen so frequently have, occurred in a cellar fire and fortunately ended without loss of life. The particulars show the quick action of men had much to do with their escape. The members of Engine Company 821 dropped into the cellar of the four-story brick double tenement at 281 Wythe avenue, Williamsburg, at eight o’clock p. m. through a sidewalk grating after they had found the cellar stairs eaten away by a blaze which had filled the house with smoke and driven the sixty tenants to the sidewalk by stairs and fireescapes. Acting Assistant Chief Isaac Ludgate was at the head of his men when a gas meter exploded and the cellar was flooded with fumes. Ludgate shouted for the men to save themselves, and there was a rush for the ladder which had been dropped into the areaway, but when some of the men reached the sidewalk it was found that Ludgate and six companions had not come up. Men of Engine Company 212 went after them and brought the seven to the sidewalk senseless from the smoke and gas they had inhaled. Doctors worked over the men with two pulmotors and resuscitated all except Henry Gallagher. He was hurried to Wiliamsburg Hospital, where he recovered.