BARNUM'S MUSEUM IN ASHES
Twenty Other Buildings
LOSS $1,500,000 TO $2,000,000
HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM
Thrilling and Terrific Scenes
CARNIVAL OF SLAUGHTER
Frightful Combats of the
Lions, Tigers, Whales and Boa
Constrictors Perishing in the Flames
Eccentricities of Blazing
Immense and Excited Crowds
Wholesale Plunder and
The Greatest Sensation of the
Prince of Showmen
Tragedy and Comedy Strangely
Barnum's Museum Fire New York
o'clock the City Hall bell struck the alarm.
The fire companies turned out
promptly, and Park-row and Broadway were soon thronged
with excited thousands, attracted to the spot by the rapidly
spreading report that Barnum's Museum was on fire
In a brief while everyone
could see the flames bursting out form the Museum and
spreading in every direction
Fortunately there were not
many persons in the building at the time; if there had been
a number of lives must have been lost, so rapidly did the
Those who were there, so far
we have learned, escaped uninjured.
was picturesque and exciting;
the flames spread with great rapidly, rushing out of the
windows and doors and from behind the huge transparencies
placed on the balcony, which were speedily removed by the
hooks of the firemen.
EXPLOSION OF A BOILER
As the fire progressed, the
heat became intense.
The crowd of spectators
steadily increased, and had com-pelely filled all the
streets in the vicinity, when a boiler inside of the
building burst, causing the vast throng to run to all points
of the compass.
Many men women and children
were knocked down, and one poor mortal was thrown on his
back while a dozen others stumbled over him, almost killing
Finding himself in a
dangerous predicament, and not being able to extricate
himself, he commenced kicking, as though he was swimming (at
this time he was almost swimming in mud), compelling those
upon him and around him to seek some other tramping ground,
which they quickly did, much to his relief.
On rising and getting to his
feet, he looked about for his hat, which was not to be
This was the case with about
one hundred others who were there, as it was soon afterward
discovered that in the rush nearly every man had lost his
RAID ON HAT
After diligent searching
about a score of the capital coverings were found, but in
such a wet, crushed and dirty condition as not to be fit to
At this juncture several
boxes of hats and caps of all descriptions were carried down
Fulton at, from Widte's establishment, and every man without
one made an individual raid on the coveted articles.
Several persons were fortunate in getting two or three, and
those who did not procure them in that way bought from those
who had more than they needed.
Capt. De Camp of the Second
Precinct with a detachment of men was early on the ground,
and seeing the probability of an extensive fire, telegraphed
at once to the Central Office for help. In a short
time detachments were present from the First, Third, Fourth,
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Fourteenth,
Fifteenth, Twenty seventh and Twenty-eighth, Precincts,
under the-command of their respective captains, the whole
commanded by Inspector Carpenter.
Lines were at once formed and
none but the firemen and members of the press allowed to
pass through. All displayed equal energy in preserving
order, saving property, and keeping a wary eye upon the
thieves who were present in large numbers.
They remained on the ground
until an late hour.
Never, since the organization
of the Department, have the firemen worked with a better
will. In spite of the intensive heat, they nobly
battled with the flames, and to their perseverance may be
ascribed the fact that the entire block was not destroyed.
Several Brooklyn companies,
with their apparatuses, came over, and rendered efficient
Messrs. Phillip W.. Euge and
Charles W. Binckney, two of the new Board of Fire
Commissioners, were on the ground directing affairs.
Chief Engineer Decker and the
Assistant Engineers displayed signal ability in the
control of the various apparatus.