Business Block Damaged at Millbrook
A business block, consisting mostly of two and three-story frame buildings, at Millbrook, N. Y., was partially destroyed by fire. The property occupied a space 172 by 176 feet, and included a hotel, harness store, a general store and some small stores. Chief Daniel Tripp succeeded in stopping the fire at a three-story brick building, occupied by a furniture store, and saved part of the block. The fire started from an unknown cause on the second story of a hotel and was discovered at 2 a. m. by a boarder. There was some delay in sending in an alarm, the alarm being given at 2:15 by the fire house whistle, and the delay allowed the fire to get well advanced. Chief Tripp found the hotel all in flames inside and the fire coming through the walls. The chief, who was assisted by thirty-five men, was confronted by many hindrances, but he made a hard fight to save the block. As the town has no water system it was necessary for the firemen to get water in buckets and the firemen received much praise for the good work they did under difficulties. Chief Tripp succeeded in preventing the flames from spreading direct from the hotel to the next building. Wooden barns carried the fire on to the next building. The apparatus in use included an Amcrican-La France chemical car and ten hand chemicals.
At a recent fire that took place at Camp’s Shipyards at Philadelphia, Pa., it was necessary to hoist firemen in an iron bucket attached to an electric crane to fight the blaze. The fire destroyed the cooper and blacksmith shop, containing valuable machinery, and the loss is estimated at between $25,000 and $30,000. Two hundred workmen in the building when the flames began to spread escaped to the street and one was injured.