FOUR-ALARM FURNITURE BLAZE SPREADS THROUGH ELEVATOR SHAFT
Big Fire in Elizabeth Confined to Building of Origin Owner Donates to Department’s Pension Fund in Appreciation of Work
ELIZABETH, N. J., suffered a four alarm blaze in the early morning hours of April 8. when the Frick Furniture Company s plant at 921-23 Elizabeth Avenue, caught fire from an unknown cause, starting in the cellar. The first alarm came in at 8:01 according to Chief August Gerstung. but apparently the fire had been burning some time before, as when the first companies arrived the flames had spread from the cellar to the fourth floor, via the elevator s_____aft. On his arrival Chief Gerstung immediately sent in a second alarm, and quickly followed it with a third and fourth, summonin 95 men and three Seagrave pumpers, two American-La France pumpers, one AmericauLaFrance steamer and two truck companies.
There were four double and two single hydrants in use, spaced about 400 feet apart, with pressure of 25 pounds.
Fourteen engine streams were thrown, the nozzles used being of 1 1/4-inch size. Some gQOO feet of hose was laid and the department also brought into service two turret pipes, with 154-inch tips.
With such a heavy start the fire gave the department a hard tussle, and it was not entirely extinguished until 3:57 p. m. The structure involved was four stories in height, of brick, with no partition walls, and 44 x 98 feet in area. It was built in 1907, thus having stood 19 years. The fire was confined to the building of origin by the fire department, and so well pleased was Mr. Frick, of the lrick Furniture Company, that he donated $100 to the pension fund of the department, “for good work done at the fire.”