Williamsburg-7-alarm-warehouse-fire-brooklyn-Todd Maisel-NY Daily NewsPhoto of Williamsburg warehouse fire. Todd Maisel/New York Daily News

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).


Williamsburg-7-alarm-warehouse-fire-brooklyn-Todd Maisel-NY Daily News-2Frozen cars in Williamsburg warehouse fire. Todd Maisel/New York Daily News

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

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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