DISASTROUS FIRE AT WORCESTER, MASS.
Six firemen injured, two probably fatally, and a loss estimated at upwards of $200,000 is the result of a fire at Worcester, Mass, on March 5. The fire was discovered at 3:30 o’clock a. m. in the new four story brick Day block. Nos. 306-302 Main street, and before being brought under control that and the Goulding block were destroyed. The blaze started in the millinery store of A.S. Lowell & Co., and, regarded as a “quick” fire, stands almost without precedent. Ten minutes before it broke out two policemen stood on the sidewalk in front and noticed nothing wrong. At the end of that period the flames were all through the building—their rapid spread being doubtless due to the hard wood or varnish finish of the interior and large unbroken areas. So fierce was the fire that it threatened at one time to cross Main street to the Hay State hotel and to spread to other valuable properties in the neighborhood. Almost nothing was rescued from the two blocks and the hive Cent Savings Hank building was several times on fire, but was saved by the splendid work of the firemen. The elevator shaft was the channel by which the fire reached the roof of the burned buildings and. together with an explosion in Buffington’s drug store, caused the fall of the north wall of the Goulding building into Sudbury street. Half an hour later the front wall of the upper two stories crashed down outwards into Main street. About an hour afterwards the cornice and part of the wall on the alley side of the Day building on the Walnut street wing fell into the alley on a crowd of firemen fighting the flames back from the Five Cents Savings bank building. Fight firemen were injured, two, it was at first feared, fatally, and five of them were taken to the city hospital. In the upper section of the Day building Host No. to G. A. R., had its headquarters. It had a valuable collection of war relics, part of which is lost. Many of the post’s battle-flags and other mementos of the rebellion were also lost. Some of the more valuable relics, however, were saved. The whole of the Worcester fire department under Chief Vaughn was on hand, as well as the Worcester fire patrol under Superintendent Hiram P. Williamson -the latter corps losing seventy five rovers. Hut, though the Worcester firemen worked skilfully, and nobly the fire seemed at first too much for them, and assistance had to be summoned from Boston. Springfield, Fitchburg, and Leicester. Hut the extra apparatus was not unloaded, as the local department had the fire under. The principal losers were the owners of the Day & Goulding building, each insured for $40,000— loss total; F. D. Buffington, drugs. $60,000; A. S. Lowell, millinery, $5,0,000; M. Sieinert & Sons Company, pianos. $15,000; Clifford A Johnson,upholsterers. $15,000 and the Sanford-Sawtelle Company, books, etc., $10,000. Other heavy losers are Thayer A Co., shirt manufacturers, George A. Willard. truss manufacturer, and a number of tenants in the upper stories as well as clubs and lodges. The injured firemen were as follows: Barrtt, E. K., injured internally; Brady, Fdward, badly cut about the face; Houles I.ieut., injured about shoulders and back; Cavanagh. James, injured internally; Clain, George II., leg broken; Hall. E. W,, injured internally; Mchcr, back injured; Waite, J.H., severely cut.
Bradford. Pa., has passed an ordinance providing for the establishment of a paid fire department consisting of a chief engineer with two assistants, three hose companies consisting each of a foreman and three hosernen, and a hook and ladder company.