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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 106, April 24-25, 1850

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Identifier: DX09347197

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 106, April 24-25, 1850

Description: Comments on a fire in Front Street and the death of fireman, John Guire.


the lookers on, — the busy ones of the firemen; — when the tolling of the bells rang the “general alarm”; — when showers of ignited, charred wood fell around, thick and constantly, (strongly suggestive of the rain of fire in Dante’s Hell:) — when Engine after Engine arrived, how grand was it. Hurrying to and fro with Mapother; — now in front of the blazing building, now lending a hand to work the “masheene” along wid der b’hoys. One o’clock — the houses gutted, and we, tired and wet returned to our boarding-house — home. Little did we think then, that one poor fellow lost his life there — but so it was — John Guire — fireman of one of the companies, being in the upper part of the building, fell through the open hatchway (through which goods were housed up, — and which had, carelessly been left open) and shortly after died from injurys thereby received. Poor fellow — poor fellow! God bless his memory and comfort his wife and family. Far nobler death was it than on battle field — nothing had he to gain by his exposure of life and limb but honor, and all honor be to him and all of his class. Fond of a fight and excitement as they may be I do honor the New York firemen — they are veritably Men.

25. Thursday. With [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother to Front St, witnessing the reeking and blackened remains of the fires. Here we first heard of the death of the poor fireman. / Left them in Nassau St., and called at Wells and Webb — then Bobbett and Edmonds — then Atlas Office, then to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-04-24

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Fire fighters
Fire alarms
Fire engines


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