Three Deaths in Four New York Fires
Four fires in as many different parts of New York on February 24, resulted in the death of three persons, although the combined property loss was not heavy. Ernest Schick and an unidentified man were burned to death in a fire that swept through four buildings at First avenue and East Ninth street, and Antonio Monticelli lost his life in a Brooklyn blaze. A section of the Bronx was thrown into darkness by a fire which destroyed five buildings, burned electric light poles and drove hundreds of scantily attired persons into the streets. The fourth fire smoked out a restaurant opposite Tammany Hall. The most disastrous fire was at East Ninth street and First avenue, where two men lost their lives. Next door was a hotel known as the Bakers’ Exchange. Thirty lodgers who had worked all the night before were trapped in their beds, but managed to escape before the fire had cut off their exit. Some of them climbed over the roof and others went out by way of the stairs. Rumor gained currency that the public school at 122 E. Ninth street was on fire and that brought hundreds of mothers to the spot. By closing the gates the police reserves managed to control the situation until all fear had subsided. The Bronx fire destroyed 5 buildings on the Southern Boulevard, owing to the firemen being detained by snowbound streets. In close proximity were three four-story apartment houses from which the police routed the tenants.
The Fourteenth street fire, at 138, opposite Tammany Hall, burned out the lower floors ot a four-story building, tied up traffic on the crosstown line for an hour and necessitated the calling of fire apparatus from extra fire districts, as another fire nearby had just made urgent demands on the department. The building at 138 is three doors from Sharkey’s cafe and next door to the Unique Theatre, which was fairly filled with patrons when the fire started. They all reached the street in safety. The accompanying illustration was made from a photograph taken by the New York World.