Leadership

BRIDGEPORT FIRE DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR MORE FIRE EQUIPMENT

Issue 12 and Volume 95.

BRIDGEPORT FIRE DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR MORE FIRE EQUIPMENT Failure to Obtain Vital Equipment and Draft Jeopardize Effective Fire Fighting SEVEN firemen were overcome from smoke and damage figured approximately at $200,000 resulted from a two-alarm blaze that swept the four-story municipally owned Sturdevant and Franklin Buildings, both of brick construction, at Main and State Streets, Bridgeport, Conn., on November 24. Feeding on stocks of inflammable carpeting and linoleum in the basement of the store occupied by the Laywell Carpet Company, the fire ate through the walls of the Sturdevant Building into the adjoining Franklin Building, an 80 year old structure housing several city offices, which necessitated the sounding of a second alarm by Fire Chief Martin J. Hayden. As flames consumed household furnishings in the storage cellar of the Laywell Carpet Company, thick, clioking smoke spread rapidly throughout the entire building, forcing city workers to flee to the street. Lack…

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