Fire Destroys Two Blocks in Passaic
Chief Bowker was confronted with a serious fire on January 19, when flames wiped out two blocks of the busiest section of Passaic. N. J., destroying about $500,000 worth of property. Owing to a high wind, the firemen were time and again compelled to extinguish flames in neighboring buildings. In addition to this, fire hydrants were frozen and so Chief Bowker experienced great difficulty in securing water to fight the flames with. The fact that no lives were lost in so serious a fire is convincing proof of the efficiency of the Passaic hire Department. The fire started in the Woolworth store on Main avenue & Washington place, early in the afternoon, the cause being thought to have been an overheated flue. From here it spread to the building of the Berden Furniture Company, and from there onward. Thirteen families were made homeless. Twelve stores were burned, throwing ninety men and girls out of work. Some of the buildings were burned to the ground.