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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.

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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…
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PM Daily, March 3, 1943
“When fire swept the five-story loft building at 372 E. Houston St., Manhattan, the policeman, above, rescued these two kittens from a hallway…”

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Weegee Daily, March 2, 2013
When time swept the five-story loft building from 372 East Houston Street… Not sure exactly where this building was, perhaps it would have been in the above photos, if it still existed…

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(to be continued…)

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PM Daily, February 24, 1941
Weegee Meets Interesting People At a 6 a.m. Fire
Cruising Times Square at 6 a.m. Sunday with the police radio on in my car, I picked up the first of two alarms of a fire above a Chinese restaurant on the second floor of a four-story brick building at 141-45 W. 33d St…

Weegee Daily, February 24, 2013
Ceegee Meets Interesting Mannequins at 6 p.m.


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PM Daily, February 19, 1943, p. 17
Dog’s Barks Are Ignored, Couple Suffocates in Fire
Neighbors yesterday afternoon ignored frantic barking by Snappy, a Spitz… Soon after Snappy became quiet, smoke poured from the Mickells’ flat at 278 Ave. B. Firemen who answered an alarm found the couple and Snappy had been suffocated by smoke from a kerosene heater that exploded in the kitchen…
In the foreground, covered, is the body of Mickell. His faithful dog was at his side until the end. Mrs. Mickell’s body is in the bedroom.

Weegee Daily, February 19, 2013
Approximate location of 278 Ave. B… (The top photo appeared on p. 32 in some editions of the February 19, 1943, PM Daily.)

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PM Daily February 19, 1941, pp. 16-17
The Boys Who Used to Run Firemen’s Errands Are Grown Men Now… …Chasing Fires With Buff Badges Pinned on Their Coats
“…I found the buffs to be a nice bunch of sociable fellows. If I wasn’t paid by PM for going to fires I’d join the Fire Bell Club and do it for a hobby. But only in summer time, not on Winter nights when press camera shutters freeze. Camera men freeze on cold nights, too, while we’re on the subject.”
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Weegee Daily, February 19, 2013
The Boys Who Used to Run Are Grown Men Now… Chasing Balls in the Buff
Fascinating and lengthy (and heavily edited) text by Weegee… The Fire Bell Club (119 West 33d St. in 1941), are still active, their website is here… “Typical fire buff,” Gordon R. Mullins is in a few of these photos… More info about “Moon” Mullins is here…
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PM Daily, February 18, 1941, p.2
Two-Alarm Fire at Greene and E. Third Sts., New York last night smoked up the street (left) so that even newspaper men were coughing… Spot (above), Dalmation coach dog that goes to all the fires with Hook and Ladder Co. 20, went to Greene St. He got so cold and wet that a Holmes patrolman wrapped him in a blanket and reporters took him home. The fire was in a paper bag company on the third floor.
by Weegee and Steve Derry, PM

Weegee Daily, February 18, 2013
Twenty Degree Weather at Greene and Fourth Sts., New York froze up the street, so that even photographers were freezing. NYU Business School (above) illustrates how NYU has taken over (parts of) NYC… Wee could be wrong about this location, but it appears that NYU has taken over Greene and Third Sts…
Photos by Ceegee, WD


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PM Daily, February 17, 1941, p. 14
Police Report: Weegee Covers an Arrest and a Fire
Man Caught in Store:

Fire on Fifth Avenue:


Fifth Avenue:

Weegee Daily, February 17, 2013

(To be continued…)

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