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New York, NY Hotel Aberdeen Fire, Dec 1909


Night Clerk Awakens Occupants of All Rooms---Halls Filled with Half Dressed Women.


Chainbit Parts and Truck Is Dragged to the Sidewalk---

A fire in the Hotel Aberdeen, 17 West Thirty-second Street, caused mush excitement early in the morning. Night Clerk J. C. Tenevck learned from a bell boy that a fire had started on the eleventh floor, and he awoke every occupant of the house by telephoning to the room. Presently the halls were filled with half dressed men and women and none returned to his room until Battalion Chief Langford assured him that the blaze was safely out. No one know how the fire started. It did about $500 damage.

Somehow or other a fire started yesterday in the attic of the old Connolly mansion, at 182d Street and Northern Avenue now unoccupied, but once the home of Richard Connolly and his brother Charles, both of them powers in politics in the days of the Tweed ring. A passer-by saw the blaze and turned in an alarm which started Truck 34 from its building in 161st Street, near Amsterdam Avenue.

Driver John Garrid was guiding his team up Broadway at full speed when he had to turn into Depot Lane. Just the [the] chainbit on one of the horses broke, and the animal ran upon the sidewalk, dragging his mate after him. The truck kept on its wheels, but the horse smashed through the window of a store on the corner, was cut badly, and finally shot. The fire was put out with $2,000 damaged, after the firemen had torn off the roof of the house to reach the flames.

Jacob Weinberg, who makes paper boxes on the fouth floor of the six-story factory building at 492 and 494 Broome Street, was called downtown early yesterday morning to find that a fire which had started on Saturday night had broken out again at 8 o'clock yesterday morning and done $50,000 more damage. The blaze Saturday night did $2,000 damage.

After Saturday's fire James Bennett, an insurance company's watchman, remained in the building. He made one last round of the building before his relief came, when he discovered the second blaze. High-pressure lines were run into the building and only one alarm was turned in. Mr. Weinberg declared that he believed the fire on Saturday night had not been attended to thoroughly. The first blaze started in a pile of paper, and the manufacturer said he believed this had smoldered all night.

Fire Marshal Kelly is investigating a fire which did little damage to the confectionery store of Moses Silverman, in the basement of the fire-story tenement at 428 East Ninth Street yesterday. Neighbors had the fire almost out before the firemen arrived.

Kelly found two men who told him that they had seen a man throwing packing cases into the blaze instead of trying to put it out. Kelly summoned Silverman and his daughter Bessie to Fire Headquarters for an investigation this morning. The Marshal says he knows the name of the man who threw packing cases on the blaze and will question him if he can locate him.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Dec 1909

article | by Dr. Radut