Fire Threatened Greenwich, Conn.
The business district of Greenwich, Conn., was threatened on February 22, when a general alarm fire swept through six stores, with apartments above them, at 157-171 Greenwich Avenue, causing damage estimated between $150,000 and $200,000. All Greenwich fire-fighting units, augmented by apparatus from Port Chester, N. Y., and East Port Chester. Cos Cob and Old Greenwich, Conn., battled the flames for six hours before bringing the fire under control.
Eight families fled the buildings and lost all their household effects.
The fire started in the basement of the Casual Hat Shop, from a defect in the heating apparatus and mushroomed to adjoining buildings occupied by five stores. The buildings are of wood construction, the front being faced with brick.
The first alarm was sounded by a passerby at 8:58 p.m. Chief Isaac Hubbard, of the Greenwich department, stated after the fire that, due to a defect in the alarm system, the siren, which called all volunteers to headquarters, failed to blow.
The buildings located opposite Fire Headquarters were engulfed in dense clouds of smoke. With the arrival of other fire apparatus from neighboring towns, hose lines were placed on the roofs of adjacent buildings and the firemen battled the flames continuously until .3 a.m., before every trace of fire had disappeared. All that remained of the buildings after the fire were the brick fronts and root’s