New York, NY Trolley Car Fire, Jan 1897


Mishap on the Lenox Avenue Line Called Out the Engines.

When the underground trolley car No. 527 left the Metropolitan Company's station at One Hundred and Forty-fifth Street and Lenox Avenue on its down trip about 7:10 last night, the mechanism seemed to be in perfect condition. It went along all right until it reached One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Street. Then there was a loud report, followed by a flash of flame.

Before the passengers could tell what had happened some one on the sidewalk called out "Fire!" Smoke was seen curling up from under the car, and the crackling of flames could be heard as the fire gained headway on the woodwork.

The passengers, twelve in number, mostly women, became much excited, and rushed for the doors. A bucket brigade was formed and buckets of water were passed from hand to hand the saloon of H. T. Thees and thrown onto the fire. Meanwhile some one had turned in a fire alarm, and three engines and a hook and ladder company arrived. The fire, however, was put out by the bucket brigade.

It was thought that the fire had been started by the burning out of a connection, the flash of which ignited the woodwork. The damage done was about $25.

The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jan 1897