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New York City fire fought in a freezing gale kills one fireman and seriously injures another

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02/08/1861
New York City firemen fought a massive early morning blaze at a spice and coffee mill on Fulton Street in the most trying of circumstances.  The temperature was well below zero and an icy wind was blowing causing the water pumped to turn to ice almost immediately.  Two firemen of Truck Company Number 15 were caught in the collapse of one the structures on fire; one was killed instantly and the other seriously hurt.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Fire in Fulton Street," New York Times, February 9, 1861.

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