What I find most interesting is the truck in the lower left of the picture. The rear is not visible but it seems pretty clear it's some kind of cab over engine design. Can anybody identify it?
Another pic for OSHA reps to freak out over...first you gotta put up fall protection, then get out the fans, keep all people 300 feet away, THEN you can proceed to put out the fire. If there's anything left to save that is!
I'd love to have that Buick sign!
I can't identify the make of the truck, but I am rather sure that it is electric powered as they were usually forward controlled (cab over).
More pictures of the fire/cars here:
One has been colorized and is rather neat.
I can't believe that they let that lawyer park his car on top of the fire hose so close to the subway trench!
Gary, Buick made open express trucks like that (~1911) with the engine under the driver seat.
Looks like that Touring Car has snow chains on the rear tires.
.....but then again.....maybe not....the stripes on the tires don't go around the rims.
They only seem to be going around the rubber tires
What are the long vehicles? They don't resemble emergency vehicles, but I suppose they are. I enjoy looking for horses in these old photos. Anyone notice the horse and buggy across the street?
The tires on the touring (Buick?) could be some version of a block tread tire. The ad below shows a solid truck tire, but there were pneumatic passenger car tires of this general type available.
i have a nos pair of those tires for my 15 gram bros formatruck. charley
Ah yes, that likely explains the box behind the cab. Full of batteries no doubt. So instead of C.O.E , it's a C.O.M (cab over motor).