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    A series of stubborn fires broke out today (Wednesday, 9 January) in the world's tallest structure...

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    Shot of building, television antenna atop building, high angle shot of fire-fighting equipment on street, firemen at work, office workers (girls) getting wet as firemen spray hose.


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    Background: A series of stubborn fires broke out today (Wednesday, 9 January) in the world's tallest structure...the Empire State Building in New York City. Firemen fought smoke and blaze on many floors of the 102-story skyscraper, at times as high as one-sixth of a mile in the building.

    About 60,000 persons work in the office building, which towers 1,080 feet over Manhattan, virtually a city within itself. The blaze broke out in the pre-dawn darkness and proved so difficult to conquer that office workers had to kept away for part of the morning when they reported for work in the building.

    Firemen carried up sections of water hose up elevators. When the sections were connected, engines below pumped up water under high pressure.

    Fire officials say the fires started in electrical circuits in a pipe shaft, which runs the entire height of the building. Smoke and flames first erupted on the 24th, 25th, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th floors. They were brought under control, but later fire broke out on the 33rd, 83rd, and 85th floors. However, no one was hurt.

    Although office personnel were permitted to go to work, firemen spent the rest of the day stripping insulation from wires, and checking for other trouble spots and hidden smouldering fires.

    Two television stations, with transmission equipment on top of the building, were knocked off the air temporarily.

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