Leadership

Paint Fire Endangers Block

Issue 7 and Volume 94.

Paint Fire Endangers Block Valiant efforts on the part of the firemen at Bridgeport, Conn., prevented the destruction of an entire four-story brick business block, known as the McMahon and Wren Building on Water Street, recently, when flames swept the heart of the structure and caused an estimated damage of $100,000. Two alarms were sounded for the fire. The first alarm was received at headquarters at 7:46 p.m. When firemen arrived under command of Chief Martin J. Hayden and Assistant Chief Elmer V. FitzGerald, they found the middle of the structure a roaring inferno as inflammable paint stocks of the Rider, Hayes & Co., paint dealers, and paper stocks in the wholesale store of Nathan Schwarz and Son, fed the flames. At 7:51 p.m. a second alarm was sounded, summoning additional apparatus and all members of the off-platoon to the scene. Recall was at 12:01 a.m. Due to the location…

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