FIRE NEWS

FIRE NEWS

At the last council meeting of Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Goodman introduced a bill authorizing the expenditure of $3,000 for new hose.

At Grand Rapids, Ohio, a fire, which started in the north side ot Main street, along the banks of the Maumel, almost wiped out the business portion of the town. The insurance on the $ 2,000 loss was only one-half.

A fire in block D, of the railroad addition at Ashland. Ore., caused a loss of $10,000, with $41,000 insurance. The blaze broke out in the kitchen of the Shannon house, at the northwest corner of the block and communicated to the four adjoining buildings, which, with nearty all of their contents, were destroyed.

Annie E. Shepard, a colored woman of Newton, Mass., has been arrested for arson, larceny, and housebreaking at Newton Highlands. The case involved not only the attempt at burning the residence of Mrs. Henry T. Schwarr, but looting the place and destroying over $4,000 worth of property in the way of bric-a-brac, furniture, a piano etc. The woman has made a partial confession, in which she inti nated a desire for revenge on account of having been discharged from Mrs. Schwarr’s employ.

A row of one-story frame building*, 61-73 Mechanic street, New Rochelle, N Y.,ten of them stores, one. a saloon, burned at midnight. The families had barely time to escape in their night clothes. The volunteer firemen worked hard and saved an hotel, a wholesale liquor house, and candy store. Loss, $20,000. The cause of the lire is unknown.

A very stubborn blaze in the lumber yard of E. Albro St Co., Cincinnati. Ohio, involved a ten-blow alarm. Loss eighty per cent, on a $20,000 insurance.

Otkland, Md.. having no fire department, time enough was given a fire which started in the largest general store in the town to destroy five buildings and threaten the whole place. Cumberland and Piedmont, on being telegraphed for, sent assistance. The residence of Senator R,ivenscroft was among those destroyed. The insurance was full upon a loss of $15.000.

Fire wrought such signal destruction among the vessels of the Spanish squadrons, both in Manila bay and before Santiago de Cuba, and as, on other hand, whenever the American vesse’s were hit, even in the case of the tiny torpedo boats, they escaped being set on fire because alt of their woodwork was fireproof. Secretary Long will see to it that none bat wood so prcpaied s all be used on board the American warship! now being built, A special board, sometime ago, recommended that the u e of such wood be somewhat curtailed.

The Trades League, of Philadlphia, has sent in a set of resolutions against the city being so “dere’ict in its duty” as to permit the placing and carrying of electric light wires upon trolley poles in the built up portions of the city. Th.-se highly chargea wires (adds the resolution), carrying a current of, say, 5,000 volts, are a continual menace to lite and property; and, as they are placed upon trolley poles without peimission of councils (the privilege of permitting this practice h iving been denied by councils in the fall of 1S06), it would seem that in case of loss of life or a serious conflagration resulting from this dangerons practice, that the city might be held liable for damages to a great amount. The resolution, therefore, urges that these ‘* deadly wires [be] removed and placed underground in conduits, separate and distinct from the trolley currents.” Another resolution indorses Director Riter’s recommeadation that the fire engines “in the centre of the city should be changed as rapidly as possible for engines of a larger s’ze, throwing a greater quantity of water and to a greater distance. as well as an increase in the number of fire companies to protect portions of the city that are removed from any located company, and, in addition, we urge the erection of additional companies in portions ol the city dovoted to large manufacturing purposes.”

A fire which destroyed the bar factory and planing mill of George W. Kuglcr at Delaware avenue and Laurel street, Philadelphia, Pa., likewise rendered homeless half a dozen families who lived in some frame buildings opposite the mill. The fire started near the boiler room and caused a loss of $45,000; covered by insurance.

Bellefontaine. Ohio no longer possesses a headquarters for its fire department. The stables, with all their contents, except the horses, were burned, as was the fire station, with two hose wagons and a hook and ladder truck. There was no insurance on anything,

The boarding stable of Z. D. Chase, 215 London street. East Boston, burned, together with its content#, consist in? of twenty-five carriages, harness, a carload of hay, and stveral tons of straw.

An explosion in the grinding room of the Marion Manufacturing Company, at Stoughton, Mass., where rubber rubbing ckth is turned out, caused a $20,000 loss.

A fire at Pomeroy, Wash., destroyed the planing mill and lumber yard of Henry Bros., valued at $23o,oo, a residence, a blacksmith’s shop, a wagon shop, and several outhouses and barns and their contents (the furniture of the residence was saved)—the total loss being over $31,000.

The Roman Catholic church, the public school, and two dwellings burned at Dutch Flat Station, Cal

The citizens of Bridgehampton (L. I.,) N. Y. are striving to establish a fire district in their village to include the limits of School district No. 1. The total valuation of property within the district is $6oS,ooo. It is necessary to obtain the consent of at least one-half of the property valuation before the district can be formed.

The National Firemen’s tournament will be held at Omaha, Neb., from September 5 to to inclusive. Private individuals have guaranteed $10,000 in prizes.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has had recorded against it a judgment of $2,850 in favor of tne Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company.

Fifteen business houses, with most of their contents, wiped out by fire at Coopersville, Mich., where there is no fire protection. Loss over $5 000; insurance about one-half.

A fire that caused $10,000 worth of damage took place in the cellar of the Foran Furniture Company’s building in New London, Conn. Its cause was the alleged explosion of a kerosene lamp. The dense smoke to which the loss was chiefly due, penetrated each one of the four stories.

Councilman Depuy. of Montclair, N. J.. has received a letter from Superintendent Reasoner, of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad complimenting the Montclair firemen for their g rod work in connection with the recent fire in the Harrison mill, and the fire in the stable adjoining the destroyed mill the next *ight. The firemen were praised for protecting the railroad’s property.

On and after August 1 the captains of engine compinies in Chicago, Ill., have been ordered by Chief Swenie to attach to sprinklers in all cases where there is a fie in the building so equipped.

An early morning fire at Pitsburgh, Pa., destroyed the car barn of the Consolidated Traction Company, at Kranstown and Penn avenues. The flames originated in some mysterious way in a paint shop, anu before the firemen and employes could clear the barn thirty-six of the fifty cars were destroyed. The $175,000 loss is fully insured.

The Brainerd Milling Machine Company at Hyde Park, Mass., had the rear portion of its building, with all the machinery, practically destroyed. Loss heavy.

Although the property loss by five incendiary fires in the shoe factories and mills in different parts of the city on the night of July 24 at Brockton, Mass., has not been extensive, yet the citizens are greatly wrought up over the matter, as none know who may be the next sufferer. There seems to be no doubt that the firebug is a resident of the town. Walter S. South worth has been arrested on suspicion.

The council of Cambridge Springs, Pa., will receive bids until July 28, for 1.000 feet of single jacket cotton fire hose— samples to be also submitted with prices. Will also want hose cart and full equipment for fire company.

The fire committee of Pasaic, N.J..wishes to issue bonds to the amount of $3,000 to equip a suitable fire department.

The new truck house at Newark, N J., to be kno.vn as No.

5, is almost completed; the company will sion be organized.

Mayor Fagan, of Hoboken, N. L. repadiates the idea of his h iving shown the firemen the way to attack a fire. He says that, when Podesta’s liquor store was burned down last week—making ;a very fierce and dangerous blaze. Chief Applegate and his men d>d their duty nobly and needed no leading. “ Not a man shirked.” It was the chief who led the way and his men followed, unterrified by the heavy explo sions taking place, the fire that raged round them, and the fumes which rose from the burning liquor. A few of the firemen were temporarily overcome during the three hours in which they were fighting the fires: but they soon got back to work. One woman was rescued by the police and a man by the firemen. The necessity for an increase in the number of hydrants was clearly shown.

At a recent meeting of the Brewer. Me , city council, an order was passed for the purchase of 400 feet of hose.

Tne city of B; turn ant, Tex , is considering the question of purchasing 600 feet of new hose.

The city of Peorii. I I , is reported as about to purchase 5.ooo feet of hose immediately.

A new truck is wanted by the Newark. N. J. fire department for the new No. 5 truck co npany. Chief Kiersted has been instructed to receive estimates from trues builders.

Fire Chief Meyers, of Covington. Ky . has req tested permission to purchase 750 feet of ru >ber nose, to tuicethe place of hose that was gtven 10 the city for street cltaning purposes.

The council of McKeesport, Pa., appears favorable to the purchase ot a $3,002 truck for the fire department.

The fire commission 01 Bay City, Mich., will soon ask for bids lar the proposed new hose wagon.

The bakery of the Sanitarium Health Food Company burned at Battle Creek, Mich. Loss(fully insured) $25,000.

‘The premises and stock of the Macdonald Tinware Manufacturing Company. Nazareth street. Montreal. Que., damage! about $25,000 worth bv fire. Oil had once been stored in the building and. as a consequence, the flames spread very quickly through the oil-soaked floors

The summer residence of John M. Davis at Glenava. Va., burned, with all its costly furniture, etc. Loss $30,000.

Three svarehouses.with contents, burned at Eureki.S.Dak.

No fire piotection and small insurance.

A new fire company has been organized at Paterson. N J. I he Toledo, Ohio, fire commissioners have determined upon the purchase of three pieces of land on which to erect new engine h ruses.

The petition for a new chemical engine for the South End, Hartford. Conn., his been reportei by the fire board and placed on file.

Proposals were received at La Crosse. Wis,. on Ju’y 29 for 1,200 teet of two and one-half-inch double jacket, rubber lined fire hose.

At Summit. N. J., the members of the volunteer fire department are moving in the direction of electing their chief engineer for their township. At present that official is appointed by the township committee.

Last year the fire commissioners of Mount Vernon, N. Y., expended $3,244 o3, of which $799 92 was for a new fire alarm system. There were twenty fires, the actual loss in which was $4,335. or six and one-fifth per cent of the v due of the property involved. The city ordinance requiring fire escapes on a certain class of buildings is now being generally observed.

At Syracuse, N. Y., the police and fire department signal and alarm wires are being put u ider ground.

The ship Kenilworth, belonging to Arthur Sewall St Co., the Maine ship-owning firm, has been burned between Hawaii and this city. She put into Valparaiso, Chile, on fire. The captain, first officer, and a boy lost their lives.

Near Beatrice, Neb., four children of Elmer Williams, a farmer, were burned to death during the absence of their parents. The house was destroyed.

^ Proposals will be received at the fire commissioners’ office, Troy. N. Y., until August r for 2 000 feet of two and onehalf-inch cotton, rubber-lined fire hose. Samples required. Charles W. Peobles. clerk.

Chief Constructor Hichborn, of the U. S. navy, has called the attention of the board of bureau chiefs at Washington to the experience of vessels equipped with fireproof wood. It has been unnecessary to caulk or recaulk the decks of ships thus equipped, as wool treated in this manner does not shrink. Secretary Ling has ordered that the specification for the torpedo bo its and destroyers be interlined, so as to call for the fireprooing of all woodwork on board.

The funeral of Assistant Foreman James Magee, of engine company. No. 45. who was killed by the falling of a wall during the recent fire at the Potter oil cloth factory, Philadelphia Pa., took place from his residence 2610, near his old house. There were present representatives from every fire station >n city. Director Riter Chief Baxter, District Engineer Graham and Foreman Ellinger, of company 45.headed the column Of the six pallbearers, five were firemen and one was a member of the fire patrol Tne deceased body’s was dressed in fireman’s uniform, with the badge of the department on the breast. The floral emblems were many and artistic. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. Van Deurs, of Bethany Presbyterian church. The interment was in Mount Peace cemetery.

The woodwork of the auxiliary United States cruiser Yosemite round her coal bunkers has been completely burnt away, as the result of two fires when off San Juan, said to be started by wet coal and hot air, which caused combustion. The crew fought the first fire twenty hours, and checked it before it reached the magazines. It is likely the bunkers will now be steel lined.

Chief Qugley, of the fire department of Syracuse, N. Y., has ordered the captains of the different fire companies to drill their men in driving the hose wagons, driving and steering the trucks, and running the engines in case of emergency.

The brick barn of Christian Barth, in Pitt township, near Upper Sandusxy, Ohio has been burned, with contents and four horses. Loss. $4 000 ; insurance, $750.

Frazer. Minn., which apparently writes off fire protection as “no good,” has had eleven buildings—nearly all its businessportion—including bank, two hotels, and a large lumber office with a considerable amount of lumber burned. Loss, $22,000,

The Beach hotel at Galveston. Tex., located on the Gulf front, one of the leading summer and winter health resorts in the South, burned. The building is a total wreck and the loss is from $200,000 to $250,000. Defective electric light wiring is set down as the cause.

An asphalt explosion in the cellar of the hardware store of Jamesin & Sons, C.inton, Ill., caused a $12000 fire; fullyinsured. A very similar fire caused $5,000 loss in the paint and hardware store of George Otto. 838 Ogden avenue, Chicago, Ill.

The town of Pug wash, N. S., with a populitinn of some 1.200 people, his been completely wiped out by fire. Two hundred dwellings, five churches, twenty stores, tnree hotels, and s veral mills were destroyed. The flames, which started in a business block through the upsetting, to the alleged explosion, of a lamp, backed by a high wind, soon swept through the block and thence through the town. As nearly all the buildings were frame and there was neither fire department nor water supplv, nothing could be done to check the progress of the fire People had to fly for their lives without being able to save any of their property, an 1 some of the foreign shipping was more or less damaged. It is feared that several lives were lost. The insurance was very light, owing to the total lack of fire protection and water supply. Relief is being sent from all directions to the stricken inhabitants, who are encamped in the woods.

The fire brigades at the seaports in Spain are being constantly drilled so as to be prepared to deal with burning houses should commodore Watson’s fleet bombard the cities.

At Shreveport, La., the brick building occupied by the Hicks Company, wholesale grocers, and the furniture store of J. A. Stephenson were burned. The Citizens Cooperative Telephone Company also suffered heavy damage. Hicks & Company alone lost $45 000.

Burglars raided the store of H. II. Muster at Northumberland, Pa., and afterwards set fire to the builiing. Loss heavy and only half insured.

The fire commissioners of Quincy. Ill, have selected plansior th: new No. 4 engine house to be located at the intersection >f Delaware and O.iio streets.

The fire commissioners of Troy. N. Y., will receive bids until August 1 for 2,000 feet of two and one half-inch of cotton, rubber lined fire hose. Samples required. Charles W. Peoble, clerk.

Proposals were received by the fire commissioners of Du luth, Minn., July 29, for 4,000 feet of two and one-half-inch fire hose.

Star City, a small village near Winnimac, Ind. has had its businsss portion burned. Loss. $8,oco; no fire protection.

Pumping station of the Wabash road, burned at Crocker, Ind.

An incendiary burned the stables and dwelling house of M. N. Henderson’s Red Cross stock farm just outside the city limits of Waterloo, la.

Incendiary tramps set fire to an ice house close to the saw mill of David McAllistsr, at Reading, Pa. The ice house and saw mill, a grist mill, an adjoining building, and a distillery were destroyed.

A group of barns belonging to two farmers burned at Bigelow, N. Y. Loss. $10,000; insurance, $5 000. Cause set down variously to tramps, lightning, and spontaneous com ustion— not, of course, to any such a thing as carelessness.

A big fite is raging in the Black Diamond mine of the Haddock Coal Company, at Luzerne Borough, Pa. A large force of men are at work fighting the fire, but their progress i? slow on account of the large amounr of gas which is ignited by th fire as fast as it accumulates.

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