Eagle Mills and Its Fire Equipment.
A very disastrous fire, for a small village, swept away several dwellings and a church at Eagle Mills, Rensselaer county, this state, a short time ago. The little hamlet had been very fortunate, so far as freedom from fires was concerned, for many years, and the inhabitants had never considered it worth while to provide for an emergency by owning a modern fire apparatus. The only means this village had for combatting flames was a little water tank and pump mounted on two wheels—a very antiquated affair, as will be seen in the accompanying photograph, for a reproduction of which we are indebted to the art department of the Troy Daily Times. With this little apparatus the villagers attempted to check the fire when it first broke out in a church. It required but a few minutes, however, to convince the people of Eagle Mills that wfith this instrument they were no match for the flames, and the fire department of Troy was telephoned to for help. This was granted, and a part of the little hamlet was saved.