New York, March 25, 1911 (UP) - The most remarkable rescue in the history of the New York fire department was made in the building just before 9 o'clock. A deputy chief while wading through the water in the cellar heard from groans coming from the sub-cellar in the neighborhood of the freight elevator. Hurriedly summoning a number of men with lanterns, he lowered himself into the water. There, submerged, with only his head above the water, but clinging with a death grip to the cable of the elevator, he found Hyman Meshel, 21, of 332 E. Fifteenth street. The youth was hurriedly carried into the street where an ambulance surgeon forced a stimulant down his throat and brought him back to consciousness.
Meshel said that he was on the ninth floor when the fire broke out, and finding his escape cut off, he slid down the elevator cable landing in the sub-cellar. To weak to get any further he hung there while the water slowly rose until it reached his neck. His right arm is very badly injured, but the doctors think he will live.
Annie Rosen, 25, was one of those who leaped from lower floors of the building, escaping with minor injuries. A moment later, however, the young women became hysterical and was removed to Bellevue. There, however, hour after hour, she raved of the horror she had witnessed and at midnight her mind had given away and she had become a maniac.