Delay in Alarm Causes Loss in Lambertville

Delay in Alarm Causes Loss in Lambertville

Neglect to turn in an alarm of fire at once and the consequent delay was the cause of a bad fire in Lambertville, N. J., on October 20. according to a report furnished by Chief Richard J. Mangan, of the fire department of that city. The blaze occurred in the plant of the Jespersee News Printing Corporation, situated in the center of the city and occupying a space of 400 x 200 feet, three stories in height of brick and frame construction, the walls being composed of brick and there being no partitions. The fire which was of unknown cause, occurred at 1:30, and the alarm came in over the ’phone sometime after the blaze started. On the arrival of the department, under the command of First Assistant. Chief Thomas Hull, the frame structure was found to be a mass of flames. There were ninety members of the department in service and the apparatus consisted of one AhrensFox 750-gal. triple combination pumper, one Hahn 600-gal. pumper, two Seagrave chemical cars, and one American-LaFrance chemical and hose car. There were available four 4-inch double hydrants, spaced about 300 feet, apart, with a pressure of 60 pounds at the hydrant. Three hydrant and four engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 inches, the water main being: 6 inches in dimension. In all 3,000 feet of hose were laid, 10 lengths of which burst during the fire. Eastman deluge set was also brought into play. The pumper drafted water from the nearby canal. The fire burned three hours, but was brought under control within one half hour after the department arrived. The building which had been Built for sixty years, was dry and exceedingly inflammable. The value of the building was $300,000 and the loss ranged from $60,000 to $75,000. The loss on the contents had not been adjusted at the time of the report.

Chief Richard J. Mangan Lambertville, N. J.

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