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flames spread like lightning, and
' Before the first firemen arrived
from sixblocks away, the entire
building was burning fiercely,
eyery floor was on fire, and flames
were shooting from hundreds of
windows in each of the four sides.
Three sides of the buliding
were bounded by streets that else
where would be called alleys. Ris
ing on all sides were immense
Even if they stood with their
backs against the buildings on
the opposite sides of the streets,
the firemen were forced to ap
proach within thirty feet of the
inferno that raged about them.
, Alarm followed alarm, until
three thousand firemen were
fighting and suffering.
Flarfies rose, and billowed hun
dreds of feet in the air, cutting
surrounding sky-scrapers in a
frame of dull, wicked-looking red.
As the morning progressed,
hundreds of thousands of men
and women employed in the fi
nancial district, began disgorg
ing from subway, elevated and
surface lines. They tried to force
through the fire lines, half mad
with hysterical curiosity, al
tumbling walls were falling abput
More than a thousand police
men, with fire lines drawn, were
reuircd to fight them back.
Scores of buildings in the vi-
ciruty were ordered closed by the
police and firemen, and thousands
Df men and women thus denied
iccess to their places of business,
poured to the fire, and tried by
svery method to get inside the
At 8:30 a great section of the
Equitable walls facing on Broad
way crashed into the street. An
other section fell at 8:35.
At 8:56 Fire 'Chief Kerilon
sounded a "five borough" alarm,
bringing to a fire for the first time
in the history of New York, every
piece of fire apparatus in every
borough of the metropolis.
It was feared at this time that
the flames were going to spread,
and that a frightful conflagration
Only a few blackened, stricken
walls are left o fthe Equitable
Life "palace" now, and even
these are wavering, shaking, like
ly to crash in ruins at any mo
ment. , V
And over, the debris inside, fire
men are crawling, looking for
bodies, hoping only to know just
who has fallen a victim of the
They are risking their lives. If
the walls fall they are doomed.
The firemen of New York are
doing their duty.
The fire was accompanied by
wonderful rescues and heroic
deeds on the part of the firemen,
who worked "in a temperature be
low freezing. A temperature that
froze the water as it came from
the hoses, arid that caked the suf
fering firemen from head Co "feet
in solid ice.
Fire Chief Kenlon said today
that the suffering endured by his
men was a thing he "had never
dreamed of, far less seen before.
Men came from he blazing build
ing scarcely able to move' on ac-
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