A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT HOBOKEN.

A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT HOBOKEN.

A three-alarm fire brought out the Hoboken, N. J., fire department under Chief I. Applegate. The blaze was in the Summit waterproofing factory, a two-story brick structure, with a three-story extension, covering a ground space of fifty by 100 feet. The cause of the fire was probably an explosion of chemicals. The flames were confined to the ground and second floors of the main building, and that the three-story extension storehouse in the rear was saved, was due to the exertions of the firemen, who worked with a will. Their efforts were so intelligently and skilfully directed by Chief Applegate that the storehouse, was saved. Had it caught, a bad explosion would have taken place, as close by it was a brick building full of benzine and other explosive chemicals. This Chief Applegate kept soaked with water. It was some time before the fire was under control, and five hours before it was extinguished. The fire was a difficult one to fight, and the smoke from the chemicals made it harder for the firemen.

Wayland, Mo., may build a waterworks.

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