Country Residence Fires on Long Island
During the past two months seven magnificent country residences on Long Island, N. Y., most of them on high grounds, facing Long Island Sound, have been destroyed by fire with a total estimated loss of $1.675,000. They were as follows: Feb. 1$. Jericho, Mrs W. K. Vanderbilt. Jr., $500,000; April 3, Cedarhurst, Mrs., Jessica Taylor, $500,000; April 9 and 10, Great Neck, E. R. Chapman (two), $70,000; April 14, Huntington, R. E. Baylis. $30,000;. April 14, Locust Valley. P. D. Cravath. $500,000; April 15, Great Neck, S. H. Burgoyne. $35,000. and same day, Southampton, Mrs. P. F. Collier, $40,000. Nearly all of them were burned in the day. when carpenters, plumbers, painters, etc., were at work in them, and the State Fire Marshal believes that most of them were caused by careless workmen. A number of garages, stables and other outbuildings on Long Island estates have also recently been destroyed, nearly all of them in the night, and it is believed they were all of incendiary origin. Most of the buildings destroyed were constructed of wood, very inflammable and all of them were some distance from villages, and beyond water limits. The fire departments of neighboring villages responded to calls for all of them, but were unable to accomplish anything except to save adjoining property in a few instances. All the nearby villages possess fire departments provided with apparatus and equipments suitable and adequate for the protection of the village, most of which have a water supply system. It is probable that if the best of fire appliances had been on the ground inside of a few minutes after most of the fires started, that the buildings in which they originated could not have been saved, so rapidly did the fires spread and so perfectly were the buildings adapted to burn and so imperfectlv to resist fire Most, if not all of them, were beyond any fire regulation limits, and the question of their being destroyed by fire was probably not considered b’y those who designed them. When a fire gets beyond control in its earliest stages, in such buildings, with such surroundings, ususally nothing that can burn is saved. There are a great many such places on Long Island and elsewhere, and their owners and occupants have become alarmed as to their safety from fire, especially in the great colony of millionaire homes in the Great Neck, L. I., section, where most of the recent fires occurred.