Storage Warehouse Destroyed in Brooklyn
A four-story brick storage warehouse of the Flatbush Storage Company in Carlton avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, was destroyed by fire on the morning of December 6th. A piano factory adjoining, a seven-story brick structure, and a nearby cigar store, were also damaged, and the entire block was endangered. The fire started from an unknown cause in the storage warehouse and was discovered shortly after 7 o’clock in the morning by a passerby. Flames were then shooting out of the upper windows of the building. A brisk wind fanned the fire and the contents, furniture and household goods fed the flames and the fire’s spread was so rapid and threatening to surrounding buildings that four alarms were sent in, bringing practically all the fire apparatus in the Borough of Brooklyn. The storage warehouse was quickly a furnace of flame and the fire was carried by the wind to the piano factory directly behind. The fire department succeeded in cutting off the flames from most of the floors of the piano factory and most of the damage there was from water. Firebrands falling on the roof of a cigar store nearby set that afire and destroyed it. Battalion Chief Richard Marshall and twenty firemen fighting the fire from the roof of a nearby building had a narrow escape when the outer wall of the storage building collapsed. They were showered with bricks and flaming fragments, but stuck to the fight. The fire was gotten under control in four hours, the damage being estimated at $100,000.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood, N. Y.