A Novel Fire.
A heavily loaded express wagon belonging to the Terminal Express Company caught fire while being driven through Washington square, New York, the other day, and would have been a total loss but for the prompt arrival of the fire engines. The wagon was piled high with boxes and bundles containing furs, carpets, hats and all sorts of small packages, consigned by down-town stores for delivery to residences and shops in the upper part of the city. There was a quantity of straw in the bottom of the wagon. Driver Moffatt whipped up his horses as he turned up South Fifth avenue and drove into Washington square. As he was passing the fountain a policeman called out that the wagon was on fire. Moffatt, on looking backward, saw heavy black smoke coming up through the packages. His horses became frightened and pranced on the cobbles until some friendly drivers came to his assistance and helped him to unhitch them.
In the meanwhile the policeman had turned in an alarm, and presently an engine and a hook and ladder truck came charging down the street and drew up near the burning wagon. The firemen pulled the boxes and smoking bundles off the truck with hooks and axes, and with an extinguisher they speedily put out the fire. The truck was then reloaded, and Moffatt turned back to West Third street with his charred load.
The fire did about $600 damage, which is fully covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is a mystery. The policeman who discovered the fire says that neither the driver nor his helper were smoking when they passed him, and.Moffatt says he was not smoking at the time the fire occurred,