Million Dollar Fire at Philadelphia

Issue 4 and Volume 57.

Million Dollar Fire at Philadelphia The extensive lumber yard of the Charles Este Lumber Company at Glenwood Avenue and 20th Street, Philadelphia, covering three and one-half acres, was destroyed by fire, January 3, and nineteen adjoining dwelling houses were destroyed or badly damaged, with a total loss estimated at about $1,000,000. The fire started at 8.42 A. M., probably from a locomotive spark in a one-story lumber frame shed and extended to large piles of lumber and a two-story brick office building and then to the dwellings on both streets. When the fire department arrived the fire was well under way and making rapid progress towards the center of the yard, assisted by a 20-mile cold north wind. Ohief Engineer W. H. Murphy sent in five alarms which called 18 engines and 6 ladder trucks. The first engine to arrive, Engine 45, was destroyed by the fire soon after it…

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