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Fireman on the collapsed roof of the 'Kasina' cinema

Fireman on the collapsed roof of the 'Kasina' cinema, © Photoarchive Borbaenlarge


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Object:Fireman on the collapsed roof of the 'Kasina' cinema
Description:A firefighter poses in the burnt-out top-floor hall of the 'Kasina' cinema on 22 December 1929. He is standing in the middle surrounded by charred beams hanging against the cinema gallery like scattered pick-up sticks, amidst overthrown building materials. His uniform consists of a long coat and a helmet, and he is holding a pickaxe in his left hand. In the upper background, the exterior wall of the adjoining building can be seen.
Comment:According to the chief of the Belgrade fire brigade, Miroslav Milisavljević, the fire in the 'Kasina' cinema was probably caused by an overheated chimney in the American film hall on the top floor. Although the roof construction collapsed, no serious damage occurred and nobody was injured. The damage was estimated at around 350,000 dinars.
Location:Belgrade, Terazije
Country:Serbia (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Type:Photographic plate
Creator:Grdijan, Svetozar (probably)
Dimensions:Negative: 90mm x 130mm
Keywords:620 Community > 624 Local Officials
370 Energy and Power > 372 Fire
340 Structures > 344 Public Structures
340 Structures > 345 Recreational Structures
Bibliography:Kako je izbio požar u bioskopu 'Kasini'. Vreme 2517, 24 December 1928,6.
Copyright:Photoarchive Borba
Archive:Borba fotodokumentacija, Belgrade (Collection Vreme), Inv. No.: Borba0278
Editors:Milanka Matić, Nataša Mišković