Fire in Business Section of Tonawanda

Fire in Business Section of Tonawanda

On August 2 fire occurred at the 2 1/2-story wooden barns of O. H. Gordon, situated in the business section of Tonawanda, N. Y., and spread rapidly, manacing many nearby business buildings. Upon his arrival, Chief C. Grover Rech, of the Tonawanda Department, found that the flames had gained great headway, two business buildings, a dwelling and several barns having caught fire. Chief Rech and his men fought the blaze with great skill, and due to their efficient efforts and the aid rendered by Chief Docbler, of North Tonar wanda, and his department, the further spread of the flames was checked. In appreciation of the work of the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda departments, Zuckmaier Brothers, whose furniture establishment was damaged, had the following notice printed in a TonaWanda newspaper: “We wish to thank Chief Grover Rech and Chief Charles Doebler and all other members of the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda fire departments for their very capable handling of the fire of last night. Hard work by the firemen undoubtedly prevented a much greater loss not only to us but to other stores in this locality.” The fire started at 10:30 p. m. from an unknown cause, and burned for two and one-half hours. There were sixty firemen at the blaze, and the folloiwng apparatus was in service: 1 steam engine, 1 motor service truck, 1 aerial truck, 1 supply wagon and 5 hose wagons. Seven 4-inch double hydrants, located about 150 feet apart, were used. At these there was approximately 65 pounds pressure. Ten hydrant and 2 engine streams were thrown from 7,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose which was in service. The hose was equipped with 7/8and 1inch nozzles. According to estimates, the loss on the building, valued at about $70,000, amounted to $5,000, while the loss on the contents, valued at $65,000, was $18,000.

General View of Ruins of Barns in Business Section of Tonawanda, N. Y.

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