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Daily News, January 27, 1941 (Probably Weegee photos.)
Hundreds Cheer Heroic Rescue
Firemen wait anxiously outside loft building at 45 W. 14th St. Smoke pours from windows. Inside a female is in distress. But, ah, Our Hero is on the job. And here he comes, by gosh, (applause) with the Heroine. She’s just a dummy, but she’s a woman. It was a two-alarmer and no one was hurt.”

Great article called:

“How I traced my grandfather’s life from a famous photographer’s image”
by Charles R. Hale

Published on irishcentral.com on May 31, 2015.

Of course that famous photographer was Weegee.

The famous photographer’s photo was on page 73 of Naked City.
The PM page and page spread, published on March 8, 1942:
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PM, March 8, 1942, pp.2-3

Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire

“Three persons died in a one-alarm fire at a tenement with out fire escapes at 239 W. 16th St. yesterday. Seven other persons were injured. On the street after the bodies were removed, Father G.J. Knoepfel, S.J., pronounced the last rites as ambulance doctor held his hat. Two of the dead were identified as Mrs. Betty Hasara, 22, and her daughter Lucille, 8 months. The other body was too badly burned for identification. Two men were rescued from ladders; two women carrying children jumped from second-floor windows. Police are investigating the fire, which apparently started on the first floor and swept through the roof. Flames were 40 feet high when firemen arrived. Other fires yesterday took two lives in Brooklyn.
PM Photo by Weegee

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We published this blog post on March 8, 2013:
Weegee Daily… March 8, 1942… Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire…

A few related articles:
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St. Petersburg Times, 03/08/1942

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Daily Argus, 03/07/1942

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Syracuse Herald Journal, 03/08/1942

A few contemporary views, Weegee Daily, March 9, 2013:

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New York Herald Tribune, February 28, 1944 (Photo by Weegee)
Fire Destroys ‘the World’s Largest Scenic Railway’ at Coney Island
Firemen fighting the four-alarm fire which razed the Thompson Scenic Railway late Saturday Night. Minor damage was done to concessions in adjacent Luna Park and to ties of the B.M.T. elevated tracks, causing the rerouting of all trains on four lines.”

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Weegee, Unknown Weegee, February 28, 1944, p. 40 (Photo by Weegee)

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Daily Mirror, February 28, 1944 (Mirror Photo, presumably not by Weegee)
“FOUR-ALARMER IN CONEY ISLAND. Hundreds of firemen, coast guardsmen and wardens were called out to combat a spectacular week-end fire which reduced to these ruins Coney Island’s Scenic Railway, called the oldest and largest amusement device in U.S. Unused Luna Park property and adjoining concessions were damaged. The orgin of the blaze is unknown.”

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New York Times, February 28, 1944 (Associated Press, presumably not Weegee)
“Coney Island Scenic Railway After it Was Gutted by Flames
The L.A. Thompson landmark – called one of the oldest and largest amusement devices of its kind in the country – was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. It is adjacent to famed Luna Park and four alarms were turned in before the blaze was under control.”

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PM, February 28, 1944, (PM Photo by Weegee)
“Plug for Wimpy by Weegee
An auxiliary fireman handing coffee to rain-soaked firefighters at the Thompson Scenic Railway fire at Coney Island yesterday poses long enough to give Weegee this picture.”

(It’s fascinating that while photographing the tragedy of a large fire at Coney Island, Weegee also made this funny foto of a coffee-toting fire-buff goofing around with Wimpy the hamburg-loving cartoon character and friend of Popeye. And that this is the photo that PM published of the fire…)

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Weegee’s People, 1946


Irrelevant: Popeye, Amusement Park (1947), from youtube – here… “It’s marvelous…”

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PM, October 12, 1943
E. 37th St. Scandal
Naked as the day her creator painted her on canvas, this beautiful thing leaves 167 E. 37th St. during a fire there yesterday. Several other paintings were rescued from the flames.”

(This is an obscure one, don’t think this is in too many catalogue raisonnés.)
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Reliable Thrift Shop, 760 2nd Ave.
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167 E. 37th St.

PM Newspaper 1941
PM Daily, March 19, 1941, Vol. I, No. 196, p. 32
Tenement Fire On Lower East Side Drives 50 Families Into Cold
“Down in one of New York’s poorest districts, half a hundred families are crowded into an old house at 90 Stanton St. Fire started in an adjacent tenement, was sucked through the air shafts by the high wind, almost smothering all of those who lived there. Here is a rescue.”
Photo by Weegee

PM Newspaper 1941

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Weegee Daily, March 19, 2014
No Fire On Lower East Side… Sun Sets on Lower East Side…
An adjacent building is no tenement… Looks like the rat trap in the lower right corner is still there… (“No Beggars or Peddlers” a sign in 1941 says… “Notice: No Loitering, No Peddling, No Soliciting, Allowed in this Building” a sign in 2014 says…)
One of the best PM back covers…

Our March 19, 2013 Weegee Daily post is here…
Photo by Ceegee

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PM Daily, Vol. 3, January 27, 1941, No. 194, p. 8
Blaze Makes 200 Homeless, Kills One and Injures Seven
A four-alarm fire swept the upper floors of the six-story apartment house at 552 Riverside Dr., near Claremont Inn, during snow storm early yesterday morning. By the time the fierce blaze was brought under control, 200 people were homeless, one tenant had been suffocated, another was cut by glass, and six firemen were hurt.
Many of those forced to the street in scanty attire were students at the nearby Juilliard School of Music. Tenants in nearby buildings sheltered many of the homeless. A tailor around the corner on Tiemann Pl. converted his shop into a refuge, and 60 of the younger tenants were taken to Knickerbocker Hospital [Founded in 1862; 70 Convent Av., Manhattan, now apartments – according to wikipedia] for the night. The Red Cross precinct disaster service swung into action, supplying clothes and funds for those who needed them.

When the flames got to work on the metal cornice it burned with this blowtorch effect, the glow being visible across the Hudson.

Tenants got off the upper fire escapes just before they were enveloped by flames. Cause of he fire was not determined.

This girl musician is laughing hysterically. She saved her precious violin, but dashed to the street in nightgown and without shoes.

PM Photos by Weegee

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Weegee Daily, January 27, 2013
No Fire Yesterday or Today… The building is pet friendly…

(Noir-ish lighting 😉
Perhaps coincidentally, currently there is a sixth floor apartment available, for sale, for $369,000. From a real estate website: the building was built in 1910; the building has 68 units, 6 floors, a live-in super, common court yard, bike storage, storage, fitness center and central laundry room. The building is pet friendly. 60 years ago today, it’s very likely that this apartment was damaged in the above fire…
Weegee Daily Photos by Ceegee

Weegee Daily Map!

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(To be continued…)