Philadelphia Fire Captain Killed

Issue 8 and Volume 106.

Philadelphia Fire Captain Killed Captain James Meskill, 42, of Engine 21, Philadelphia Fire Department, was killed and 20 other firemen, including Battalion Chief John Vivian, 48, were overcome by acrid fumes and smoke, while fighting a fire on July 24th in a one-story brick building being completed for a meat-packing firm. The smoky, toxic fire was reminiscent of the recent brewery building fire in Newark in which several workmen perished. The building involved, recently completed at 3rd and Noble streets, was mostly taken up by a 40 x 75-foot refrigeration room, insulated on the walls, ceiling and floor by cork. It was in this room that fire broke out about 3:30 A.M. from an undetermined cause. A passerby saw smoke, and ran to the fire station at 2nd and Green streets, and Engine 21, headed by Captain Meskill, responded. The officer, after sizing up the situation, pulled a box, bringing…

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