DISASTROUS FIRE IN CHAMBERS STREET.

DISASTROUS FIRE IN CHAMBERS STREET.

As this issue of FIRE AND WATER goes to press, news has come of a disastrous fire which destroyed the old storage warehouse of the Merchants’ Refrigerating Company, 159-163 Chambers and 141-151 Reade sts., this city. Three alarms brought sixteen engines and over thirty firemen, who on entering the basement were nearly all rendered unconscious by the dense smoke, Firemen Rheinhardt, of engine company No, 7, was lost in the cellar and was rescued by Firemen J. J. Murphy, and John O’Connell, of truck No. 1, each of whom in his turn was overcome by the smoke and removed to the hospital. Kheinhardt. who was married only on Easter Sunday last,died in the ambulance as he was being removed to the hospital. Fireman after fireman, captain, lieutenant, and private, fell at his post, and were laid in long rows on the floor of engine house 29,while the special corps of doctors from Hellevue hospital and elsewhere worked over them. Fifty were taken out frozen and senseless, of whom twenty-two went back pluckily to work on being revived Chief Bonner had fo send up town for more men—he was so crippled. All the men will recover. The loss will be $500,000.

Chief Dellinger, of the department of Hackensack, N. j.. r.-commends the purchase of three hose wagons. 2 000 feet of new hose, a new building for Union hose, one gong, two additional fire alarm boxes and thirteen horses. This would l>e horses enough for every apparatus in the department, and the chief thinks the animals would pay for themselves by

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