New York, NY West 65th Street Garage Fire, Mar 1910

Hurt in Garage Blaze.

Blazing Bucket Sets Building Afire In West Sixty-Fifth Street.

Fire fed by gasoline, grease, oil, and other inflammable materials practically destroyed the five-story building at 240 West Sixty-Fifth Street yesterday, causing damage estimated at $25,000.

In a concrete vault in the cellar eighty gallons of gasoline were stored, but the flames did not reach this supply. Two men - Allan Robb, a machinist of 230 West Eighty-Second Street, and Herbert Tepper, a chauffeur of 34 West Sixty-Fifth Street were seriously injured by jumping from windows on the fourth floor, and are now in Flower Hospital in a critical condition. Several firemen were injured also and were taken to the hospital.

The three lower floors of the building, which is owned by William Ehrett of 247 West Sixty-fourth Street, are occupied by the West End Motor Cab Company, and the fire is supposed to have started on the ground floor. Nat Graff, an employee, who was cleaning an auto, shouted that a pail in which there was a quantity of oil drippings had caught fire. He seized the pail and tried to reach the street with it, but the flames burned his arm and he dropped it. In a moment a wooden partition had caught fire, and an instant later the floor was a mass of fire. The flames spread up through the building with great rapidity, and by the time the firemen arrived it was ablaze from top to bottom.

While the firemen were fighting the flames on the second floor an explosion occurred, and the clothing of James McSherry and James McGrave of Engine 40 caught fire. Before it was extinguished both men were badly burned and had to be taken to the hospital. Among the other injured firemen are Timothy Morris and Peter Farrell, who entered the building to look for any tenants who might have been cut off.

The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Mar 1910