• Short Summary

    A spectacular five alarm fire demolished a pier in New York's Hudson River on Monday (7 January) and damaged two others.

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    Air shot - pier on fire
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    Air shot - pier on fire
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    LS Pier and smoke
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    4.
    MS Firemen walk toward camera
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    5.
    LS Collapsed building and smoke
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    MS Collapsed building and smoke and fire
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    MS Fire hoses on fireboat
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    MS Hoses spray building
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    MCU Fireman holding hose
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    MLS Fireman pulling hoses
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    MS Building on fire
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    12.
    LS Fire and smoke
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    MS Building on fire
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    14.
    MS Fireboat
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    15.
    MS Firemen on boat pan to pier
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A spectacular five alarm fire demolished a pier in New York's Hudson River on Monday (7 January) and damaged two others.

    The fire blazed fiercely in the dry tinder of the pier, destroying the structure in a few minutes and casting a pall of smoke over much of lower Manhattan. Windswept sparks endangered other nearby structures.

    Four fireboats, thirty-six pieces of land-based equipment, and more than 250 men fought the blaze for more than an hour. There were no injuries, but damage to the pier was estimated at about three quarters of a million dollars. An undetermined amount of merchandise stored on the pier was also destroyed.

    The billowing clouds of smoke drew thousands of spectators. The pier lies beside the West Side Highway, an elevated roadway which was carrying thousands of care. Many of the drivers stopped to watch, creating a monumental traffic jam.

    Three tug boats were dispatched to the scene as well as five Coast Guard rescue vessels. They succeeded in towing some barges away from the blazing pier. Largely on that account, no damage to shipping was sustained.

    The fire had burned itself out in about three hours, and was declared under control one hour and fifteen minutes after the first alarm had been turned in. The old creosoted timbers burned so quickly that the pier was largely destroyed five minutes after the fire broke out. Workmen on the pier just managed to reach a few steps ahead of the flames.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACEFRJ09V0JIQSD6BBTUDB8TXJ
    Media URN:
    VLVACEFRJ09V0JIQSD6BBTUDB8TXJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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