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1912 Equitable Buiding Fire-Vintage Photograph-Broadway-NYC-3Image via MCNY

For those following the 7-alarm warehouse fire that began Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the New York Daily News has released photographs showing how the freezing temperatures have turned the landscape into a frozen palace from the FDNY firefighting efforts. It reminds us of the photos from the 1912 Equitable Building fire at 120 Broadway (see below).

The destruction of the original Equitable building, a Second Empire building called “the city’s first skyscraper” by The New York Times led to a new structure, whose massive size was a major impetus in the creation of the first zoning regulation in New York City. The fire was also a deadly one, killing the fire chief and five other men as the building collapsed and trapped firefighters in what was proclaimed originally as a “fireproof building.”

1912 Equitable Buiding Fire-Vintage Photograph-Broadway-NYC-4Image via AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company Archives

1912 Equitable Buiding Fire-Vintage Photograph-Broadway-NYC-2Image via Library of Congress

1912 Equitable Buiding Fire-Vintage Photograph-Broadway-NYCImage via Library of Congress

Read more about the Equitable building here.

 Equitable Building, FDNY, Williamsburg

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