OFFICER KILLED IN 3-ALARM FIRE OF LARGE STABLE IN NEW YORK CITY
Collapse of Brick Wall Buries Lieutenant and a Number of Firemen — Heavy Streams Ordered to Break Up Stubborn Blaze
THREE alarms were turned in for a fire which broke out in a stable in the east side section of New York City. Lieutenant Thomas Meehan, relief officer of Engine Company 9, was killed and three other firemen were badly injured. In the blaze, 121 horses were burned to death. Spontaneous combustion in the hay stored in the stable is believed to have been the cause of the fire.
The fire spread so rapidly that, when the commanding officer of the first alarm response arrived, he ordered a second alarm turned in. The Lieutenant and one of the men seriously injured were on the roof of the two-story brick structure trying to chop holes in the roof for ventilation. The wall fell and the men were hurled into a courtyard and buried under bricks.
The fire brought Assistant Chief O’Hanlon speeding from the Rockaways. He turned in a third alarm and ordered two searchlight trucks to illuminate the debris, where for a time it was thought other firemen had been buried. Crews of policeman also helped in searching the ruins.
Also present at the blaze was Commissioner McElligott. The fire proved to be so stubborn that he ordered the pressure on the large lines increased and the walls battered.
The fire had started at 5:10 p. m., and it was not unil hours later that it was considered to be under control.
According to an investigation made by Thomas E. Brophy, there was no explosion, nor were any dangerous gases present.
The stable was ell-shaped, with the legs forty and seventy foot long. More than one hundred wagons were stored in an open front courtyard, formed by the ell.