Army and Navy Figure in N. Y. Fire Losses
First the army, now the navy, figures in the mid-winter fire losses in New York City. On January 5, as recently reported in FIRE ENGINEERING, the U. S. Army, Department of the East, had a disastrous fire on Governor’s Island. On February 9, at about the same hour of the evening that marked the Governor’s Island fire, a blaze broke out in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, resulting in damage estimated at $1,500,000.
The fire swept the ordnance dock, requiring the city fire department to respond to a fourth alarm. As usual, the fire was handled unsuccessfully by the sailors and marines before the munici- pal fire department was summoned. A bonanza in sheet copper and steel in the warehouse was reduced to junk. Several antiaircraft guns were ruined or put out of commission.
The fire started in a cold storage plant for vegetables used aboard the Receiving Ship Pueblo. The ship was badly scorched. If it had not been for the fireboats John Puroy Mitchell, and The New Yorker, the flames would have done considerably more damage. The only thing salvaged in the frame structure, which wasbuilt during the war, were two automobiles, which were pushed. out of the building by sailors soon after the fire started.