FATAL MILLION DOLLAR FIRE AT PROMISED LAND.
On the morning of July 31 the plant of the American Fisheries company at Promised Land, on Peconic bay, near Amagansett, was destroyed by fire. The loss was $100,000, chiefly on machinery. Two lives were lost, and several men were very severely burned. The cause and place of origin of the fire are not known; but the flames were first seen near the drying room. They swept through the plant to the engineroom, where were the pumps depended upon to furnish water for firefighting purposes. These were wrecked. After their destruction, only bucket brigades and streams from the steamboat Henry Hudson of the fisheries company were available. The streams from the steamer saved the pier. The other boats in the docks had no firefighting apparatus. The bucket-brigade saved the company’s stores and the buildings where the men live. It also saved the building and outfit of the De Forest Wireless Telegraph company, near the works. The smoke from the old oil-soaked buildings was suffocating. The engine of the mail train got out the freight cars and sidetracked them at the plant, all except three. Two belonging to the Long Island Railroad and one to the Pennsylvania were destroyed. The fire kept on burning till the small hours of August 1 among great heaps of dry fish refuse from which the oil had been extracted. This was by no means the company’s first experience in the way of fires. Last winter there was one in the coal pocket which burned for days. Several years ago a fire almost completely destroyed the plant, but it was then not so extensive as it is now. Yet, with all that, neither are the buildings made fire-resistant nor are adequate means of fighting fire supplied. Is a worse experience courted?