Dry Goods Fire at Middletown
A recant fire in Middletown, N. Y., that caused heavy loss to the Tompkins Dry Goods Company, started at 2:40 a. m. in the ground floor of the four-story building, from unknown cause. A box alarm was pulled, which brought Chief Higham in quick response. The department found the whole building involved and the entire force was put to work, nearly 300 assisting in the struggle to get the fire under control. A Metropolitan American-LaFrance steamer and four motor pumping engines, of American-LaFrance, Seagrave, Victor, and Stearns makes, were employed, and 9,900 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were laid. The hydrants available were 16 in number, all 4-inch double, 250 feet apart, with pressure of from 50 to 55 pounds, which was sufficient to furnish 12 engine streams. The water supply, from a gravity system, was conducted by 6-, 8and 12-inch mains. Two lengths of hose burst, occasioning some delay, and the building was on a 50-foot street, but the fire was stopped in nine hours. One fireman was slightly injured. The structure, which was only five years old. was of excellent construction, brick, steel and wood, and was 88×88. It was valued at $80,000, and was a total loss. The contents were valued at $130,000, and the loss is estimated at $120,000.