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In New York City, rival fire companies battle in the streets at a routine fire call

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07/03/1860
In the late evening, a routine fire call at a tavern on Chatham Street, now Park Row and a block from Ground Zero in Manhattan, led to a serious riot between members of feuding New York Fire Companies 13 and 21.  Both were racing to the fire, collided on Center Street and embarked on a lengthy brawl using fire equipment, clubs, and pistols. Half a dozen men were admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds or other injuries, though no injuries were life threatening.  The fire was eventually put out.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Serious Riot Among Firemen," New York Times, July 4, 1860. 

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