Church Fire in Jersey City
St. John’s P. E. Church, at Summit and Gardner avenues, Jersey City, N. J., was damaged to the extent of $60,000 by fire on October 25. The building, about 60 years old, was of stone and brick construction. The fire started in the front of the building from defective insulation or crossed electric wires and when discovered at 6.20 A. M. by a letter carrier had probably been smouldering for hours. The fire department, under command of Chief Engineer John Conway, had to fight the fire from a peaked and slanted roof as is shown by the accompanying illustration. When the first fire apparatus arrived the interior of the church was aflame. The fire was stopped in the church proper alter it had burned seven and a half hut rs. The value of the building and its contents, consisting of an organ, paintings and stained glass windows, was $120,000. Two Antoskeag and five American-La France steamers and three American-La France ladder trucks were in service. The water supply was excellent from hydrants, pressure being 45 pounds. Ten engine streams were thrown. Pen hydrants about 300 feet apart were available. 5,500 feet of hose were in use, two lengths bursting during the fire, 1 1/4 inch nozzles were used.