Newport Department Calls Outside Aid

Issue 5 and Volume 83.

Newport Department Calls Outside Aid Twice within three weeks Washington Square, the civic center of Newport, R. I., was visited by serious fires, with an aggregate estimated loss of $350,000. On January 27, fire starting from an undetermined cause in the cellar of the Coggeshall Building, a brick-joisted structure of four stories, swept up a freight elevator shaft cutting off the escape of twenty-seven students of a Business College occupying the third floor. All were safely rescued with but minor injuries, nine jumping to a Browder life-net, the balance of the students being brought down ladders. The fire was brought under control in two hours but the two upper floors were burned out. A ruptured fuel oil tank created a stubborn cellar fire, which resisted extinguishment, until 500 pounds of Foamite were used. At 1 a. m. on February 18, Box 3 again summoned the department to the Square, where…

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