Fire in Brooklyn Carpet Store.
Three floors of the furniture store of the Cowperthwait Company, said to be one of the oldest furniture firms in Brooklyn, with a record of 70 years continuous business, were burned out a few days since. The store is located at 12 Flatbush avenue, in the business heart of the borough, and the fire, occurring at a time when many people were on the streets, attracteed so large a crowd that the reserves from 10 precincts had to be called out to control it. By the time Deputy Fire Chief Lally arrived, the fire had spread to the Livingston street, Nevins street and Flatbush avenue sides of the structure, and second, third and fourth alarms were sent in. bringing Chief Kenlon from Manhattan. The blaze started in the basement, apparently from an explosion, and before the firemen arrived had climbed to the roof through the elevator shaft. On account of the torn-up condition of Nevins street, along which the store extends, the fire companies found it slow work to get streams on this side of the building where most of the fire was. Four firemen were hurt, but not dangerously, by falling glass and roof slate. They were Edward Parry, of Truck 55 ; Lewis Geyer, of the salvage corps; Joseph Collins, of Engine Company 104, and Lieutenant B. F. Curran. The Cowperthwait building is six stories high. Damage was confined chiefly to the three upper floors. The loss is estimated at $400,000. Subway as well as surface traffic was considerably delayed. Water poured into the subway at the Nevins street and Flatbush avenue entrances, flooding the tracks so that it was necessary to run shuttle trains between Borough Hall and Bowling Green for a short period.