Smoky Fire in Paper and Twine Building in New York City
Fire broke out in the brick building housing the plant of George W. Millar & Co., 284-290 Lafayette street, manufacturers of paper and twine, New York city, on August 1, and before the fire department had the blaze under control, did heavy damage to both building and contents. The burning twine, large quantities of which were stored in the structure, caused a very heavy smoke and hampered the firemen in their work. The illustration showing the water tower pouring water on the blaze gives a very good idea of the heavy smoke. So bad was it that the Traffic Court, a few blocks away, in Mulberry street, was forced to suspend its sessions temporarily. Lieutenant Fritz Marshall of Ladder Company 3 was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital suffering from a severe laceration of the right leg. Several other minor injuries among the firemen were reported. The damage was estimated at $250,000.