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History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by johnd248 on July 20, 2017, 03:00:28 PM »
I was playing some after school basketball in the gym of PS 249 on Caton Avenue; this was probably three to four miles from the blast and one of the gym windows blew out and into the gym.  Interestingly, Artie Leavitt, the MPO of E 202, went on the be a Lieutenant at Engine 248 just the way Bob Lindgren became the Captain of Engine 248 before going on as Battalion Chief in the 38 Battalion.

Strange how I can remember so much from 1956.
Queens / 7/20/17 Queens 10-75 Box 5064
« Last post by Signal73 on July 20, 2017, 02:37:45 PM »
Fire Location: 119-20 Merrick Blvd

B-54 All Hands

Fire in a factory

Queens / Re: 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 4858
« Last post by Signal73 on July 20, 2017, 02:36:57 PM »
RAC 3?

Rac-4 at the other All Hands
Queens / Re: 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 4858
« Last post by fdny747 on July 20, 2017, 02:13:17 PM »
RAC 3?
Queens / Re: 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 4858
« Last post by efd274 on July 20, 2017, 01:27:17 PM »
Thanks MM for the whereabouts of L129 - Had a dear family friend who was a Lt in E89 back in the 50's
Queens / Re: 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 4858
« Last post by memory master on July 20, 2017, 01:04:17 PM »
E89 relocating to E297 and L54 relocating to L144.  L129 was relocated to L126 when this job came in.
National / Firefighters Pray After Job
« Last post by CVILLE 7111 on July 20, 2017, 12:57:16 PM »
Does anyone want to hazard a guess how long before the ACLU goes after them?
Queens / 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 4858
« Last post by firephish on July 20, 2017, 12:33:48 PM »
Address: 7-13 119 Street - between 7 & 8 Avenue

Fire in the basement of a 2 story brick 20x40 PD.

1233 - E-297 - Box 4858, 10-75.

L-167 FAST - E-274 4th Engine

1238 - Bn. 52 - All Hands - We have water on the fire. I need an extra Truck for window bars (E-320, TL-138).

1243 - Bn. 52 - We have fire in the basement. 2 L/S, 1 L/O, searches are in progress, trucks are opening up. DWH

1246 - Bn. 52 - AVFKD, primaries are still in progress.

E-297, 295, 273, 274, 320 w/b
L-130, 144, 167F, 138 w/b
B-52, 46
Queens / 7/20/2017 Queens All Hands Box 5299
« Last post by firephish on July 20, 2017, 12:19:56 PM »
Address: 111-44 112 Street - off Rockaway Boulevard

Fire on the 1st floor of a 2 story 20x40 peaked roof PD.

1217 - TL-155 - 10-75

H&L-143 FAST - E-302 4th Engine

1220 - Bn. 51 - All Hands - Extra Engine and Truck (E-294, TL-107).

1223 - Bn. 51 - Fire on the 1st floor. 2 L/S, 1 L/O, trucks opening up, searches in progress.

1231 - Div. 13 - 2 L/S/O, MBFKD. DWH

1235 - Div. 13 - Primaries are negative throughout. PWH - Duration 21 minutes.

1245 - Div. 13 - Special call an additional truck for relief (L-165). Secondaries are still in progress.

E-308, 285, S270, 302, 294 s/c
L-142, 155, 143F, 107 s/c, 165 s/c
B-51, 39
History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by mack on July 20, 2017, 08:15:04 AM »
"Brooklyn Pier Fire" or "Luckenbach Fire"  -   December 3, 1956  -  77-1499-66-44-36   -   Marginal & 35th Streets  - 1516 hrs - South Brooklyn - "Miracle on 35th Street"

Engine 228 was first due for a pier fire at the Bush Army Terminal in South Brooklyn.  While fighting a pier fire which was already a 5th alarm, a terrific explosion of stored explosives occurred resulting in 10 deaths and multiple injuries.  Amazingly, no firefighters were lost in the blast although the explosion happened - after the 5th alarm was transmitted - and while many firefighters were already operating.  Numerous additional fires, building collapses and medical emergencies were then received after the blast.  Rescue 2 provided life-saving first aid to many injured members.  Marine 1's website has an excellent WNYF summary of the pier fire and explosion "Miracle on 35th Street" (link below).

"Four minutes after the original alarm was transmitted, Act. Lieut. Al Kraemer, Eng. Co. 228, sent in the second. The third, fourth and fifth alarms were sent in at intervals of approximately seven minutes. Shortly after the fifth alarm was transmitted but before the fourth and fifth alarm assignments were in position — heavy traffic in the area slowed down their response — the blast occurred. Two Borough Calls were subsequently sent out."

"The first due unit, Eng. #228, had rolled onto the pier but were turned back by the heat and melting tar. Act­ing Lieutenant Al Kraemer sent the second alarm — one of the few times an acting officer had given such an order. This unit was operating on the north-side of the pier, opposite #278's posi­tion when IT happened. The blast rolled them all up a ball of arms and legs. Dom Proscia received a painful back injury. Out in front of the pier, MPO Frank Porcella started praying. He thought sure that his company had been wiped out. Joe Beetle thought his best bet would be to go overboard if it blew again."

"Lieutenant Robert E. Lindgren (note - father of one of our site members and later Captain Eng. 248 and BC 38th Bn) of Ladder Co. 101, detailed to Eng. 202, was running back to his Company (that is, 202) with Donald Holton with orders to stretch in when the blast caught them 25 feet up from Marginal Street. Both were thrown to the ground. He lost his boots, helmet and wrist watch. He got up and continued running through the debris raining down to the pumper further up 35th Street. Since he couldn't fit under the new cars parked about, the pumper was his best bet. He found that sev­eral firemen and five civilians had the same idea. Art Leavitt, 202's MPO was looking toward the pier for a sig­nal from Lt. Lindgren as the ball of fire rose high in the air and then seemed to boil over toward him. His first shocked conviction was that all the firemen on the pier roof had been killed. As debris began crashing down, he ducked under the pumper. Several days later when a WNYF representa­tive interviewed him, Leavitt still found it hard-to believe that no fire­men had been killed. "It's a miracle," he said."

"The waterfront area for blocks around the pier, after the blast re­minded many of a wartime bombing. Glass and debris cluttered the streets. Most of the windows in all buildings within three blocks of the pier were shattered. More than 250 civilians were injured and ten killed. It seemed that the firemen nearest the fire were in­side of the circle of destruction caused by flying debris. Heavy traffic in the area delayed the additional units—per­haps saving their lives. Both adjacent piers were shambles—doors on the pier to the north were blasted in and sev­eral small fires started. On the pier to the south where many spectators were injured, walls were blown in and roofs and skylights were lifted off. A pile of lumber blazed up and a-lighter caught fire and was set adrift. The freighter Greek Victory was tied up at the land end of the north side of the fire pier. Several small fires started aboard be­fore she was cut loose and maneuvered to safety. Her whistle blew con­tinuously adding to the general din of fire sirens and shouting spectators.

     Marine 1 website:  ("Miracle on 35th Street - Brooklyn Pier Fire")article from WNYF January 1957)

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