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By Michael L. Cooper

From colonial occasions to the trendy day, issues have remained consistent in American historical past: the harmful energy of fires and the bravery of these who struggle them.

Fighting hearth! brings to lifestyles ten of the deadliest infernos this kingdom has ever continued: the good fires of Boston, ny, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the failures of the Triangle Shirtwaist manufacturing unit, the final Slocum, and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the wildfire of Witch Creek in San Diego County, and the disaster of 9-11. each one blaze ended in new firefighting concepts and applied sciences, but the fight opposed to fires maintains to at the present time. With historic photographs and a fast paced textual content, this can be either an exhilarating examine firefighting background and a party of the human spirit.

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The General Slocum, a popular excursion boat owned by the Knickerbocker Steamship Company, was a white pine and oak vessel three stories tall and 250 feet long. It had three decks—the lower main deck, the middle promenade deck, and the open-air hurricane deck, a nautical term for a steamboat’s breezy top deck. In the middle of the ship, a pair of tall pale yellow smokestacks pointed skyward. And on each side, paddle wheels 35 feet in diameter pushed the ship through the water at a top speed of about 15 knots, or about 17 miles per hour.

The life preservers were old and rotten. An artist’s depiction of the ship in flames. [Mariners’ Museum] Several people tried to launch the ship’s six life rafts, each of which would hold twenty passengers. “Unclasping my knife,” Nicholas Balser said, “I slashed at the fastenings of the life rafts nearby. ” The rafts had been wired tightly to the deck so they wouldn’t rattle during rough water or storms. Few passengers could swim, but they leaped overboard anyway. “My wife and I stood together by the rail until we saw that the upper deck was about to fall upon us,” said the Reverend Haas.

Soldiers patrol the streets to prevent looting. The Call Building, then the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, looms in the background. [LOC, USZ62-96789] At 17th and Howard streets, reported Captain Cullen, “there being considerable water in a large hole in the middle of the street owing to a broken main, with stones and sand we dammed the water that was running to waste and put our Engine to work after stretching hose as far as Capp St. near 16th St. Here we had a very hard fight as the wind was blowing the intense heat of the fire in our direction.

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