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New York, NY Astor Docks Fire, Apr 1905


Astor Docks Catch Fire from Burning Grass on Harlem's Banks.

A section of the Astor Docks, at One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Street and the Harlem River, was damaged by fire yesterday afternoon. The docks caught from burning grass, which had been ignited by sparks from a passing locomotive.

The fire was spectacular, dense clouds of black smoke arising and attracting a big crowd to the bridge over the Harlem River. Policeman Lake of the Alexander Avenue Station organized a bucket brigade, which subdued the flames in short order. The damage was estimated at $100.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Apr 1905

article | by Dr. Radut