Fire in Old New York Building.
It is seldom, except on the occasion of a fire of a more than ordinarily serious character, that such a concentration of firefighting force is seen in New York as was present at a recent waterfront fire in that city, when an old building on South street, packed with paper stock and rags, was burned. The fact that it was located in a neighborhood in which such old-time fire-traps predominate, many of them filled from cellar to roof with ship chandlery goods—paint, tar, rosin, etc.—some with the old-time shingle coverings, with here and there a cotton warehouse or a coal yard, and that just this section was immediately under the shore span of the Brooklyn bridge, made Fire Chief Croker and Assistant Chief Binns more than ordinarily solicitous as to the outcome of the fire. The apparatus that responded to the second alarm included nine engine companies, with their complement of hose and hook and ladder companies, three big fireboats. each throwing half a dozen heavy streams, and two high-pressure companies, supplied from the nearby Oliver street pumping station. With all the torrents of water they poured into the building from every point of vantage the firemen had all they could do to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent structures; it did. in fact, invade a coalyard in the rear, and the men, warned by the watchful chief, had nut just retired from the yard when the falling walls of the burning build ing poured an avalanche of bricks and debris into it. The building in which the fire originated was completely gutted, the dense, stifling smoke from the burning rags and paper overhanging the lower part of the city like a pall. The damage is roughly estimated at $50,000.
Charged with arson in setting fire to Hastings Mill, in Hartford, Conn., Angelo Petfe has been held by Justice Kendall, in the Suf field Borough Court. Papers found on the prisoner revealed that he had been discharged two weeks ago from prison in New York State for setting fire to a building in Albany about a year ago.