Factory Fire at Wellsville, N. Y.
The largest fire in the history of Wellsville, N. Y., took place when the plant of the National Aluminum Works was destroyed with a loss of over $125,000. Some 200 employes were at work when the fire started. The building was 80 by 200 ft., four stories high, and constructed of wood, for a shoe factory. The Duke Hose Company, located across the street from the plant, had a stream on the fire before the first alarm had finished striking The Genessee and McEwen Hose Companies had streams on the fire inside of five minutes, under the direction of Chief Miinte. The fire started in a saw dust tank on the second floor, and within a few minutes was sweeping through the whole building. All the employees including many girls, had to make hasty exits. The steam fire engine was also brought into service. The department, by hard work saved several adjoining buildings. Within an hour the building was destroyed, When the fire commenced the water pressure was so pounds, but was soon increased to 140 pounds. There were five streams on the fire.
The station of the Duke Hose Company was also destroyed. Its contents were saved. It was insured, but not enough to cover the loss, which falls on the Company. The spire of a church was also destroyed.