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1922 - LONG BEACH FIRE ROUTS 100 IN HOTEL. QUICK AID FROM NEARBY TOWNS SAVES THE NASSAU FROM EARLY MORNING BLAZE. BOARDWALK IS BURNED.
SEVERAL SHOPS PREY TO FLAMES, WHICH CAUSES $50,000 DAMAGE - COLD NUMBS FIREMEN.
The Hotel Nassau, at Long Beach, was threatened by a fire which started in one of the small boardwalk shops at the west of the hotel early yesterday. More than 100 guests were routed out of their rooms at 5 A.M., but were permitted to remain in the lobby, where they watched the blaze for an hour, attired in various odd garments.
A patrolman discovered the fire in the International Restaurant next to the hotel. An overheated oil stove had set fire to a couch, on which a Greek watchman was sleeping, unaware of his danger. The policeman broke into the restaurant, rescued the watchman, and notified Police Headquarters and the hotel management.
Before the Long Beach firemen arrived, the hotel fire corps began fighting the flames. The small one-story frame buildings between the hotel and the National bathing pavilion burned so rapidly and the strong wind and bitter cold made the work of the firemen so difficult that outside help had to be summoned. Firemen and apparatus from Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, East Rockaway, Oceanside, Valley Stream and Mineola came to the rescue. Had it not been for their quick response, it was said, the hotel in all liklihood would have caught fire.
The flames spread under the boardwalk and destroyed the Submarine Restaurant below the walk's level. Two firemen were overcome by smoke in the underground chamber, and had to be put to bed in the hotel. Several other firemen were overcome, but revived soon. The cold was so biting that nearly all the firemen complained that their hands were so numb they could scarcely hold the hose.
H. S. GERARD, manager of the hotel, was overcome by smoke in the annex of the hotel. Sparks set fire to the annex ice box and to the laundry, but the blaze was quickly put out. The dining room, laundry and kitchen were damaged by water.
The total damage was estimated at about $50,000. The fire destroyed two restaurants, a jewelry shop, a bathing apparel store and three other small shops. More than 300 feet of the boardwalk will have to be rebuilt.
Motorists from New York and Long Island points drove to Long Beach in large numbers during the day to look at the ruins, which extended about 125 feet along the boardwalk, and extended back about 100 feet.
The New York Times
New York, New York
January 27, 1922
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