Train Severs Fire Hose Firemen of West Chester, Penn., aided by forces from Kennett Square and Longwood, encountered obstacles in fighting a fire that virtually destroyed the Lenape Hydraulic Co.’s welding shop on Route 52, six miles south of Philadelphia, January 23rd. Exploding acetylene welding tanks, which shot debris high in the air, endangered fire fighters. To cap the climax, a freight train severed two hose lines at the height of the blaze. Firemen then drew water from Brandywine Creek, while the lines were replaced. Although the fire was confined to the large welding building, the building was destroyed.