1922 - BROOKLYN FACTORY FIRE TRAPS SCORES.
ONE MAN KILLED AND MANY SUFFER INJURIES.
GIRLS LEAP FROM FLAMES.
WOMEN IN LOFT SECTION CAUGHT WITH OUT WARNING AS FLAMES SPREAD THROUGH BUILDING.
New York. - One man was killed and more than a dozen persons were injured when a five-story factory building on South Thirteenth Street, in Brooklyn, was destroyed by fire.
A report which could not be confirmed said that 15 girls were trapped in the upper floors of the building occupied by shirt factories.
A hasty search of the building by firemen failed to reveal any of the bodies of the 15 girls reported to have been trapped in the structure.
One man lost his life, two others and a girl may die and many were hurt in a factory fire in Brooklyn. Reports of many girls trapped on upper floors persisted hours afterward. The police had been unable to substantiate these reports, but firemen still were flooding the shell of the building hopint by daylight to be able to begin a search in the mass of glowing debris. In face of eyewitnesses' stories of girls who had leaped back from flame filled windows to perish in the cauldron behind them the police, lacking a single name of a persons definitely missing, were inclined to believe witnesses had given exaggerated impressions of the casualties.
Nearly all those who got out jumped from the top story of the building, a five-story structure at 126-142 Thirteenth Street. Not a soul who was on the top floor, occupied by Louis Weinstein, clothing manufacturer, escaped unscathed.
Fed by shellac, believed to have been stored on the lower floors the flames swept through the building with amazing rapidity.
The girls working in the loft were caught without warning and the flames were licking up piles of shirt making materials almost as soon as the workers were aware of their danger.
Panic stricken, five of the girls leaped out the fifth-story windows, according to H. B. NICHOLSBERG, an employee. These girls were among the seriously wounded.
Three firemen were injured when the fire escapes on the fifth floor of the building collapsed. They went up to the roof on scaling ladders, and were making an attempt to reach the workers, reported to be trapped in the shirt shop when the fire escapes fell.
All three of the men were left dangling in the air holding on to the coping of the building. They were rescued by their comrades.
LILLIAN GIRSKY, a stenographer, was descending the stairs in the building when she was driven back to the fourth floor by flames. She made her way to the front of the building and leaped from a window before the arrival of firemen. She was picked up unconscious.
Rock Valley Bee
November 3, 1922
Visit Brooklyn, New York, USA (Flatlands) (Flatbush) (Coney Island)
Discover the people who lived there, the places they visited and the stories they shared.