Chemical Storehouse Burned at Long Island City.
Fire that started in the storehouse of the American Agricultural Chemical Company and spread to the tallow refinery of the Van Iderstine Company, in the Blissville section of Long Island City, did $115,000 damage on February 5. Deputy Fire Commissioner O’Keefe and Battalion Chiefs Lally and Langan directed the work of the companies called out by three alarms. The fireboats William L. Strong and Abram S. Hewitt worked from Newtown Creek, along which the buildings lay. Samuel Kress, a watchman for the chemical company, discovered the fire soon after 2 o’clock p. m. He tied down the alarm whistle of the power house while he ran to a box in Railroad avenue. Fast of the burning storehouse stands the five-story building of the Van Iderstine Company. The raw and finished products of the chemical company burned like oil, and the firemen soon were compelled to devote their energies to keeping the flames from spreading to the main building of the chemical company, the Van Iderstine building and a row of chemical and fertilizer works that extend for several blocks to the eastward. The storehouse burned to the ground quickly, and most of the fire companies were returning to quarters when flames burst from an upper story of the Van Iderstine building, where a great quantity of tallow had been ignited by the heat. The departing firemen hurried back and into action again. They got the second fire in hand with half an hour’s work.