|Denver Fire Chief John Healy|
On Feb. 17, 1932, fire broke out at the Barnett Building at 16th and Larimer streets in downtown Denver.
Six firefighters and a watchman suffered burns and smoke inhalation in harsh conditions. Frozen hose spray glazed streets, trolley lines and fire crews while flames roared from above.
The top floors were engulfed.
"Fire Chief Healy, veteran smoke eater and one of the best known firefighters in the country, narrowly escaped death," the Associated Press reported in that day's Evening Gazette of Berkeley, California.