READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

HOTEL MANHATTAN

View of Market Street

On May 24, 1920, firefighters used life nets to catch guests leaping from the Hotel Manhattan after a blaze broke out in the laundry room of the building at Market and Paterson streets.

Several people were injured, including Fireman William Smith who ``suffered a severe laceration when he fell 50 feet from a ladder after he had carried a woman and a man to safety,'' according to The New York Times said.

Box 14 at 237-243 Market Street was struck at 2:50 a.m. and went to three alarms.

On March 31, 1931 and again on Jan. 22, 1938, serious fires struck the Manhattan Hotel and those blazes also went to three alarms, according to the 1985 history book ``Taking The Heat'' published by the Honor Legion Firefighters of Northern New Jersey.

Sadly, Fireman David Johnstone, of Engine 8, was struck by a car and fatally injured during the 1931 fire at the Manhattan Hotel. (For a complete list of Paterson firefighters lost in the line of duty, see the article entitled "Last Alarm.")