• Short Summary

    Six New York City firemen are dead, and six others are missing and presumed dead Tuesday morning (18 Oct) after a raging fire burned uncontrolled through three commercial buildings in lower New York City during the night (17/18 Oct.).

  • Description

    Six New York City firemen are dead, and six others are missing and presumed dead Tuesday morning (18 Oct) after a raging fire burned uncontrolled through three commercial buildings in lower New York City during the night (17/18 Oct.).

    The firemen were killed when the floor of the Wonder Drug Store on East 23rd Street collapsed as the fire progressed. The fire began about 9:30 PM Monday (17 Oct) night and by 3:30 Tuesday (18 Oct) morning it was still burning out of control. Mayor John Lindsay joined New York's Fire Commissioner Robert Lowery at the scene. As the bodies of the first two firemen were recovered from the rubble, Mayor Lindsay was said to be near tears. He inspected the huge hole in the floor of the drug store where the men fell through, and later said "It's terrible in there, the heat and smoke are unbearable." The fire is being called the worst tragedy in the history of New York's Fire Department.

    The Fire Commissioner said the dead firemen were on the first floor and in the cellar of the building when the fire suddenly accelerated. A backdraft blew the basement wall down and several firemen fell through into the cellar of the drugstore. The missing men are believed to have been trapped in the collapse of the wall.

    Dozens of the firemen managed to free themselves and staggered out of the debris.

    At this point, the fire is out and searchers are searching through the debris for the remaining bodies.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA97CJC6L6L3XEW8AO4339G4HV7
    Media URN:
    VLVA97CJC6L6L3XEW8AO4339G4HV7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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