New York, NY Lewis Street Tenement Fire, Jul 1906


Three Alarms for an East Side Blaze This Morning.

A man cleaning a mattress with benzene and a lamp started a fire in the rear of the first floor of the five-story tenement hour at 108 Lewis Street, about 1:45 o’clock this morning. In a few minutes the twenty families in the house were awake and piling out to the street in a panic. All got out safely.

Many of the tenants fled to the roof as the lower part of the house was burning and filled with smoke. After half an hour’s work the firemen got the fire under control, and after that quickly doused it with water. The damage was not large. Three alarms were sent in.

The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Jul 1906

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