FIRE AT CAPE MAY POINT.
On the night of October 7, only the heroic efforts of the Cape May. N. J., fire department saved the summer resort at Cape May Point from being wiped out by fire. The Cape house, the largest hotel but one in the place, the cottage of Henry C. Packham, of Philadelphia, on the beach front, and the public school were consumed, the total loss being placed at about $60,000. The fire, it is stated, began in the Packham dwelling, during the family’s absence, from a lamp which had been left lighted. In half an hour the cottage was in ashes and the Capo house, near by, had caught. There was little to do but let it burn, as although a popular seabathing resort, the Point has no lire department. In an hour the big hotel, which was wood and was valued at $50,000, had been destroyed and a strong wind was carrying sparks and brands from the ruins to other buildings, the frame construction of which made them ignite readily. The school and several cottages caught, and it seemed that the town was doomed at 9 o’clock, when urgent calls for help brought the Cape May firemen to the scene. The Carlton hotel was in danger, but a change of wind saved it. The Cape May firemen, using steamers and pumping water from lake Lily, after an hour of almost superhuman work, managed to control the lire, extinguishing the flames which were eating their way into several cottages. Except for the water from lake Lily, the water supply was very scanty, and the lake water could not he used till the Cape Mav department arrived. Little or nothing could, therefore, he done to stop the flames. additional trouble was caused by the underbrush, which, parched up by the dryness of the weather, caught fire in spots from the sparks. The Cape May lire department consists of some forty men, all volunteers, except five. The equipment is as follows: Steamers, two; hook and ladder truck; aerial truck; hose carriages. four; hose, cotton, rubber lined, good, 1.000 ft.: linen, good, 500 ft.; rubber, good. 500 ft.; hand-extinguishers, six.