Fire at the old ropeworks, Amsterdam, Holland, 12 January 1673.
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Engraving by Jan van der Heiden, first published in 1690. On this occasion Amsterdam's new fire engines were brought into action against a fire for the first time, and the old engines were used for the last time. From 'Beschryving der nieuwlyks uitgevonden en geotrojeerde slang-brand-spuiten en haare wyze van brand-blusen' ('Fire engines with hoses and methods of fighting fires') by van der Heiden and his son Jan, (Amsterdam, 1735). Father and son were designers and manufacturers of Europe's best fire-fighting equipment and Fire-Masters General of Amsterdam. The book is the most important source of technical information for fire-fighting in the 17th and 18th century.