Lumber Fire Causes Call for Assistance

Issue 12 and Volume 91.

Lumber Fire Causes Call for Assistance Damage of more than $50,000 was caused by a stubborn fire of undetermined origin that swept through the yards of the Reed Lumber Company, Chestnut Street, East Porchester, Conn., on October 1. Two alarms were sounded and aid was summoned from Portchester, N. Y., as firemen battled for three hours to extinguish the blaze. The first alarm was sounded at 7:25 p.m. When Chief Stuart Potter, Greenwich, arrived he immediately ordered a second alarm, after flames endangered nearby houses and destroyed several automobiles. The first companies to respond to the fire experienced difficulty with high tension wires supplying current to trains of the New Haven Railroad and it was necessary to shut off power before firemen could battle the flames. The Reed Lumber Company’s plant occupies a city block and includes a large one-story building, formerly a round house for steam locomotives, but used…

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