Fire in a Camden Lumber District

Fire in a Camden Lumber District

When the fire department of Camden, N. J. was summoned to combat a fire at the Philadelphia Steel and Wire Company plant recently they were confronted with a greater task that was actually threatening. The building was located on the northwest corner of Delaware avenue and Pearl street, was 150 x 200 feet in dimensions, built of wood and covered with galvanized iron. The front of the structure was two stories high and the latter part one story, the building having been built about ten years ago. It was practically what is known as a mill construction, there being no partition walls. The flames were discovered by passers-by at 5:38 p. m., who at once caused a telephone alarm to be sent in. About 150 persons are employed in the building, but at that hour most of them had stopped work. Three Metropolitan second-size engines, two Amoskeag second-size engines and one Clapp & Jones second size engine responded to the alarm. In rolling to the tire one Metropolitan met with an accident and was compelled to return to the station. When the firemen arrived the entire building was enveloped in flames, notwithstanding Engine Co. No. 6 is located within two squares of the spot. At this point the streets are thirty feet wide and carry a six-inch main. Over 5,000 feet of hose was laid, and with eight 4 1/2-inch hydrants located 300 feet apart, nine engine streams were put in operation. The pressure at the hydrants was 25 pounds. Nozzles of 1/2 and 1/8 inches were used, no special implements being employed. The ill-fated building is located in the center af two large lumber yards with large lumber sheds on the north and south sides. Grasping the situation at once, the Chief had reason to suppose that the fire would ignite the lumber piles and thus cause a disastrous conflagration, but he so arranged his engines that both lumber sheds were protected and the flames were confined to the Steel and Wire Company plant. The loss on the latter has not been estimated, hut the plant is valued at about $150,000. No damage was done to the lumber property.

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