Fire Wrecks Hotel Raleigh in Peekskill

Fire Wrecks Hotel Raleigh in Peekskill

The Peekskill, N. Y., fire department had a hard fire to fight recently when the Hotel Raleigh, in the business section of the city, was almost totally destroyed. The fire started in a frame building attached to the rear of the main building and having openings into the main structure, which was of brick and stone construction with the main building close to the addition. The flames traveled up to the roof, spreading out on the various floors. At 3.11 a. m. the first alarm was received from box 26. The fire had then been burning some time. The fire was quickly through the partitions to the roof and when the department arrived the wooden building was wholly in flames and the fire was spreading in the main building. One Webb pumping engine, three chemical and hose wagons and one ladder truck were in service. Nine 4-inch double hydrants were available and one engine stream and eight hydrant streams were on the fire. The pressure at the hydrants from a gravity water system was 100 pounds. Four thousand feet of hose and one turret pipe were used. The smoke was so dense that the firemen could not get in the main building. The hotel was 230 by 70 feet; was five stories high in the front and six in the rear and was erected twelve years ago. There were 25 guests, 15 employees and the proprietor’s family (five) in the hotel at the time. All but one guest and one employee escaped. Their bodies were found on the second floor. Chief Forbush had been out of town but heard of the fire at Harman. He arrived after 9 a. m., and rushed to the secenc of the fire and took personal charge. The fire was under control at 6.30 a. m. The firemen fought the flames form the Murden roof nearby and from the street. The fire was finally stopped when it had reached nearly to the front. The roof and floors fell, piece by piece from time to time and the rear of the structure was soon but a shell of four walls. The property was valued at $60,000 and the loss in it was estimated at $55,000. The damage on contents, hotel furniture and equipment, valued at $12,000, was placed at $10,000.

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