Company Statistics from the Fire Department Annual Report
The Fire Department's Annual Report published data on fires, fire fighting, and fire prevention in New York City. It included lists of equipment and officers, information about place, time, cause, and estimated cost of fires, new or revised orders, the roll of honor for the year, and some maps. Until 1916 it also published fire statistics by company, and listed the most notable fires of the year. Notable fires that might have involved Engine 47 are listed below with selected newspaper stories that specifically mentioned Engine 47.
Engine Company No. 47:
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Engine Company No. 47
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Fires performed duty at
|Total Fires in Manhattan (and part of the Bronx)||Notable fires or News Stories|
|1888||12||46||14||3,217||Notable fires from the Annual Report: Convent of the Sacred Heart Fire, August 1888|
|1890||12||67||16||3,479||Notable fires from the Annual Report: Lion Brewery Stables, August 17, 1890|
|1891||12||83||21||3,938||Engine Company 47 moves to new quarters on 113th Street, April 1, 1891|
Sadly, the first news story after Engine No. 47 moved to Morningside Heights recorded the death of Captain Lawrence Murphy who died of a heart attack returning from a fire.
Lawrence Murphy, the Captain of Engine Company 47 died suddenly of heart attack on October 31, 1893. He lived at 304 W 125th Street and left a wife and two children.
The Times reported:
"Captain Murphy was recorded on the Roll of Merit at Fire Headquarters for having, on May 6, 1885, at great personal risk, aided, at 228 West One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Street, in the rescue of Edward Hellenkamp, his wife, son, and daughter. The record was a double one, as at first Capt. Murphy was recorded with others and then specifically mentioned for conspicuous bravery at the request of Mr. Hellenkamp."
"Brave Fireman's Sudden Death." New York Times November 1, 1893 p. 7.
News: Engine Co. 47 was featured in the three page spread, "West Side is Itself a Great City." New York Times, March 10, 1895 p. 20-23.
|1899||12||143||39||8,053||Notable fires from the Annual Report: March 3: 249 W 124th Street; April 22nd: 228 W. 123rd Street|
|1900||12||150||36||8,405||News: "Fire Panic at a Concert." New York Times March 5 1900, p.1. [Figure 3].|
|1901||12||170||27||8,424||Notable fires from the Annual Report: July 2nd, 1901: 330 W 95th Street|
Role of Merit, "March 11, by Firemen first grade William King and Arthur Carroll, of Engine Company 47 -- Upon the arrival of Engine Company 47 at the fire in the five-story brick tenement house, No. 3135 Broadway, between One Hundred and Twenty-fourth and one Hundred and Twenty-fifth streets, at 2:30 p.m. March 11, the members of the company stretched in a line of hose and were about descending to the cellar when the Foreman was notified by a citizen that the janitress was in the cellar and unable to get out. He immediately hurried in with his line and company, and began a vigorous search for the woman. The fire had meanwhile reached the kitchen, where Fireman Carroll and King descried the prostate form of a man. Crawling on their stomachs they reached him and dragged him into the corridor, and carried him to the sidewalk, whence he was removed in an ambulance to J. Hood Wright Hospital. It was subsequently ascertained that his name was Martin Reilly, his age 48, and that he was endeavoring to extinguish the flames in the apartment of his niece, the janitress (who escaped unharmed), when he was rendered insensible.
This rescue was affected at great prersonal risk, as the room in which Reilly lay unconscious was partly afire and heavily charged with heat and smoke." Annual Report (1902) p. 100-101. Also notable fire:August 28th 1902: 315 W. 121st Street
|1903||18||200||35||10,046||"Mother Absent; Baby Burned." New York Times (January 24, 1903):. 16 [Figure 4]|
|1905||18||276||40||11,524||Notable fires from the Annual Report: May 23rd: 201 W 127th Street, September 3rd: 310 W 118th Street|
"Their Comrades' Fate Didn't Deter Firemen." New York Times January 23, 1907 [Figure 5]
Notable fires from the Annual Report: December 12th: 550 W 126th St (station 847)
News: "Fireman's Son Made Work for Him: Eight Year Old Lad Says He Set Fires to See Engine Horses Gallop." New York Tribune Sept 10th, 1908. [Figure 6]
|1912||14||330||53||15,633||News: "Thrilling Rescues at Four Fires." New York Tribune, December 23, 1912. [Figure 7]|
|1914||16,245||Notable fires from the Annual Report: October 10: University Hall burns (station 810). News: "University Hall a Gaping Shell of Black Ruins" Columbia Spectator, October 12, 1914. [Figure 8]|
|1916||17||264||40||13,677||Notable fires from the Annual Report: January 12th: 265 W 129th St (Station 810); January 18th: 305 W 116th St (Station 812); January 27th: 1960 Amsterdam; Subway 108th & Central Park West|