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Firemen in front of a burnt-out wooden house in Sultanahmet

Firemen in front of a burnt-out wooden house in Sultanahmet, © Yapı Kredi bankenlarge



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Object:Firemen in front of a burnt-out wooden house in Sultanahmet
Description:Firemen wearing black uniforms and helmets are tearing down the facade of a gutted wooden two-storey house with a long rope. In the foreground, a man is addressing a fellow fireman wearing a leather backpack showing the sign of the crescent.
Comment:The photograph was taken in the context of an article printed in Cumhuriyet with the title, ‘Yesterday the city once again witnessed a fire catastrophe’. The facade belonged to the konak of Adil Paşa and was located on Tavukçu Street. The fire broke out in the Sultanahmet district on 9 June 1934 in a house allegedly rented by a certain Fehrettin Bey. Due to strong winds, the whole neighbourhood was set alight within moments.
Location:Istanbul, Sultanahmet
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık or Giz, Selahattin
Keywords:370 Energy and Power > 372 Fire
360 Settelments > 369 Urban and Rural Life
Bibliography:Şehir dün bir yangın felâketi daha geçirdi. Cumhuriyet, 10 June 1934, 1.
Copyright:Yapı Kredi bank
Archive:Yapı Kredi tarih arşivi, Istanbul (Collection Selahattin Giz), Inv. No.: 2/0322E
Editor:Joël László