COOPERAGE FIRE AT YONKERS
A Serious Blaze That Threatened to Destroy the Whole Property of a Dangerous Locality, But Was Finally Stopped, Entailing Only a Small Loss
Yonkers. N. Y., has considerable property lying along the Hudson river front, separated from the city proper by the New York Central Railway, consequently it is in a difficult position for fire lighting, besides being most dangerous from the nature of the materials stored in the manufacturing buildings in the neighborhood. Under these circumstances it was most fortunate that the fire in the Federal Sugar Refinery Company’s cooperage only caused a loss of less than $100,000. The diagram herewith shows the location of the plant and surrounding property. The buildings destroyed were of the kind that make flames, without any pretension to fire prevention. At 9.15 p. m. on August 1 the fire was discovered in the cooperage of the Sugar Refining Company by the watchman on the premises. Gamewell box No. 19 was pulled at once, but so quickly did the flames spread that before the first stream was thrown the lumber in the shed of the cooperage was entirely involved. The shed of the Waring Hat Company was also wiped out. It was a wooden structure, 180×50 ft., and the cooperage was 150×165 ft. Both sheds were well seasoned for a fire, that of the Federal company being over twenty years old. The fire was fought with streams from twelve double 4-inch hydrants. The fire burned for forty-eight hours, but it was under control in a few hours after the first streams were thrown. As the hydrants were set 300 to 500 feet apart, 6,650 feet of hose had to be laid, not one length of which burst during the long strain to which it was subjected. A total number of fourteen streams were effectively used on the flames, under a pressure of 125 pounds at the plugs. The property was located at the Ludlow dock with open water front. A six and eight-inch main furnished the supply, by gravity. First Assistant Chief Baker, who was in charge of the fire, estimates that the loss on the contents of buildings will be $50,000 and on buildings $10,000. That the lire was a dangerous one will be seen from the fact that in the rear of the burning property was a tank containing 300,000 cubic feet of illuminating gas and the third rail, in which the current was not cut off. On one side and in front was the river, and on the other side were two big tanks of the Pure Oil company, filled with gasoline. More gasoline was stored in tanks in the garage of the cooperage company, a building that was ultimately saved, hut always in danger tor five hours. The Yalvoline Oil Company’s tanks and those of the Gulf Refining Company were prevented from blistering in the heat by their own fire brigades.
The great heat caused the firemen much hardship in playing the streams when the fire was at its height, so that it is greatly to their credit that they succeeded in stopping what threatened to be a serious conflagration with comparatively small loss.
The illustrations made from photographs taken exclusively for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING give a general view of the ruins, showing the gas holder in close proximity to where the fire was in its worst condition, and a view of the ruins from the river.