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Yes, that is what I remember of my reading of the story. I was very interested in this as my grandparents had the book, and also my grandfather was a founder and 50 year veteran of Local #1 of the IATSE (International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees) in New York. My father is also a member of the IA, and I took the test for the union but never got called.
Well, thank you for confirming my memory, nice to know it still works!
I used to own a copy of the book about this fire in hardcover. It was given to me by my grandparents. Where it is now, only God knows. I do remember reading a passage in the book that some of the persons in the theater were saved by placing a plank or planks across an alley to another building and they were able to crawl across. Has anyone else read this?