DISASTROUS FIRE AT KINGSBRIDGE.
On Tuesday night a disastrous fire broke out in the village of Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil. N. It started in a feed store and gained quick headway. The village had no firefighting facilities, but assistance was sent from the nearest fire stations in the Bronx and elsewhere. When the engines arrived, however, they could not get to work for lack of fuel—a want which was partially supplied by chopping down fences and whatever else was handy. The members of the Hiawatha Canoe club, who happened to be in their clubhouse, and of the Kings Bridge Military company, who were being drilled nearby, rendered great help, and by their aid twenty horses were rescued from the barns in the rear of Thorn’s store, where the fire originated. In doing this one of the Military company was injured, and Theodore Lembach, of engine company No. 75, New York city fire department, was so badly burned about the face and hands as to necessitate his removal to Fordham hospital. The flames had gained too great headway to be controled till they had destroyed two whole city blocks in the old business section, comprising twenty stores and private residences in the western part of the town. Nearly all were frame buildings. The Roman Catholic church was for some time in danger, as was also the Church of the Mediator, which caught fire twice and was very badly damaged. Thirty families were rendered homeless, and the total loss was not less than $150.000. Chief Purrov was on hand and directed the work of the firemen.