• Short Summary

    A SPECTACULAR BLAZE RAGED OUT OF CONTROL FOR FOUR HOURS IN AN OLD COAL DOCK ALONGSIDE THE HUDSON RIVER IN WEST NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, U.

  • Description

    A SPECTACULAR BLAZE RAGED OUT OF CONTROL FOR FOUR HOURS IN AN OLD COAL DOCK ALONGSIDE THE HUDSON RIVER IN WEST NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A. AUGUST 18, CAUSING DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

    THE FIRE BROKE OUT ON AN ABANDONED 600 FT PIER AND QUICKLY SPREAD TO SIX FURTHER PIERS COVERING A HALF MILE AREA. IT DESTROYED A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING, TWO FIRE ENGINES AND OVER A DOZEN BARGES. SIX FIREMEN WERE INJURED.

    FIVE FIRE COMPANIES FROM THE SURROUNDING NEW JERSEY ANSWERED THE GENERAL ALARM CALL. THREE NEW YORK FIRE BOATS AND COAST GUARD CRAFT WERE SENT IT TO AID THE FIGHT. TUB BOATS HELPED TO TOW BARGES TO SAFETY.

    MAIN TASK OF THE FIREMEN WAS TO KEEP THE FLAMES SPREADING TO NEARBY VEGETABLE OIL STORAGE TANKS AND A TANK CONTAINING 70,000 GALLONS OF FUEL OIL. THE BLAZE SENT COLUMNS OF THICK SMOKE THOUSANDS OF FEET INTO THE AIR WHICH WAS VISIBLE FROM THE NEW YORK CITY SIDE OF THE HUDSON RIVER. THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS WATCHING THE BLAZE FROM PARKED CARS CAUSED TERRIFIC JAMS AND HAMPERED THE ARRIVAL OF FIRE-FIGHT EQUIPMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1KJH3HFW9LL824S9UQLGS2X7M
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KJH3HFW9LL824S9UQLGS2X7M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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