Business Section of Newport, R. I., Endangered
Fire recently destroyed a three-story department store in Newport, R. I., and an adjoining building, and for a while threatened the retail mercantile section. Absence of wind and a prevailing heavy rain minimised the flying brand hazard. For a while the situation appeared so serious that the mayor sent calls for outside aid. Companies were rushed from Fall River, Mass., from a nearby U. S. Naval Training Station, Fort Adams, Middletown, and a small pumper was sent from a local country estate. About 150 firemen were on duty. Total loss was estimated at $75,000.