CALAMITOUS FIRE AT NEW HAVEN.

CALAMITOUS FIRE AT NEW HAVEN.

An early morning fire broke out in the old plant of the Judson Packing company at New Haven, Conn. The building was unoccupied, hence none can account for the origin of the blaze or the accompanying disastrous explosion. The firemen, with Supt. Fancher and Fire Marshal Gladwin, were at work in the big building, from one end to the other of which the flames had burst, out on all sides, and they were about fifteen feet of the main wall, it suddenly toppled over upon them. Four, including Capt. Condren, of engine No. 2, at once met their death by being buried under the ruins. Another was taken out probably fatally injured. His leg was broken; his left hand was almost burned off; and his face was terribly burned. He was taken to the hospital When the bodies of the deud men were recovered they were almost unrecognizable. The flames had made big headway before they were discovered, and about an hour after the department had got to work on them they had reached and consumed the engine room and caused a terrific and fatal explosion, BO fierce that the building, a threestory structure, 125 feet long, was blown into a shapeless mass. The loss was not more than $10,000, as the building was standing idle. After the fire further search was made to see if any others of the firemen had been left behind injured in the debris. Louis Coats, of engine No. 1, was found near the ruins pinned down by a mass of brick. Ho has a broken leg and a number of deep gashes. A bystander was also injured by falling bricks, and although it was at first thought some of the spectators were killed, it is believed there were no other casualties.

Since February 14 the village of Edholm, near Linwood, Neb., at neither of which places is there any fire protection, has ceased to be. Everything was destroyed by fire, with only a light insurance. The bursting of a lamp caused the blaze.

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