Fire Destroys four Atlantic Basin Warehouses and 3,800 TVs, January 16, 1954

Fireboats from the water and fire engines on land battled for over 8 hours to extinguisher four warehouses ablaze along Atlantic Basin’s Commercial Wharf, January 16, 1954. Twenty-one fighters and two policemen were injured. Fifteen of those firefighters suffered their injuries when an explosion blew out part of one of the warehouse’s thick walls. Warehouses at 107, 108, 109, and 110 Commercial Warf were ruined. The Brooklyn Eagle reported the cost of the loss was estimated at $3,000,000; between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 of that amount came from 3,8000 televisions owned by CBS-Columbia that had been stored inside.

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  • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 16, 1954


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