FIRE NOTES FROM GLOUCESTER.
GLOUCESTER. MASS., Dec. 1, 1907.
This quiet fishing town has had three destructive fires—one accompanied with loss of life— within forty-eight hours. The first, on November 28, badly damaged the building and contents on Railroad avenue belonging to the estate of Edward Ingersoll $2,000. The lower part of the building was occupied by Flinn & Garvey as a liquor saloon, while the upper portion was used as a tenement by Warren S. Mitchell, whose loss on furniture was $1,200, covered by insurance. Later on the oil and fish-glue establishment on Wharf street, owned by Andrew W. Dodd & Co., of Salem, burned on the same day. The loss on the building and stock was $7,000. Both were partially insured. The fire department could attack the blaze only from the one side, as the building is situated on the waterfront. The blaze originated from spontaneous combustion in a guano storehouse, adjoining the plant, from which it spread to the main building. Automatic sprinklers were released and were of much help in quenching the flames. The entire establishment has been burned to the ground twice before. The property at risk was over $200,000. Early the next morning the Harvard hotel, a three and a halfstory frame building, was burned to the ground. One man was killed by jumping from a secondstory window, as there was no other means of escape. Another man was dangerously injured, sustaining a compound fracture of the thigh and internal injuries. Three were badly burned, and two were overcome by smoke. One fireman, struck down by a hose-stream, was revived only to be overcome by smoke. The cause of the fire is unknown. On the ground flood were three small stores. The loss was $25,000. On the day before Gloutester was visited with a $15,000 blaze. This city’s fire-area o« 23,000 acres is occupied by a verv large number of wooden buildings, with wooden roofs permitted. It has a large fire department of over 160 volunteers, with some seventeen or twenty paid full time. Its equipment is as follows: Steamers, six; hand-engine; aerial truck; fireboat; hose wagons, five; hose, cotton, rubber-lined and rubber. 14,800 ft. The Gamewcll fire-alarm is installed and twenty-eight horses are in service. Between 240 and 250 fire hydrants are set on the mains.