An extensive fire along a New York waterfront yesterday (January 9) had to be fought by five fire boats, 200 firemen and 45 fire trucks before it could be brought under control.
CU fire-truck, PAN to fire at pier
LV tenders with house onto pier
LV pier blazing
SV firemen on bridge watching
LV fire PAN to tender with houses.
SV firemen wading through water
GV fire on pier (2 shots)
CU water on ground from hoses
GV skyscrapers and smoke
GV hoses onto pier (2 shots)
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Background: An extensive fire along a New York waterfront yesterday (January 9) had to be fought by five fire boats, 200 firemen and 45 fire trucks before it could be brought under control.
A pall of smoke as high as a 20-story building rose from two blazing piers, situated at the bottom of the Wall Street financial district. The fire covered two blocks, and was fought from the river, the ground and a highway overpass. Traffic was halted and people were evacuated from a threatened building nearby.
The blaze, which was given a top five-bell priority by fire-stations, caused extensive damage. One fireman was hurt. It was reported that the piers were abandoned.