Freight House Destroyed at Erie

Freight House Destroyed at Erie

Fire which started in the top of the tower of the Western Transportation Company’s freight house in Erie, Pa., recently destroyed the building which was a wooden structure with brick and wood partition walls. The tower was 135 feet high. The fire, the cause of which is unknown, was discovered shortly before ten o’clock at night. Chief J. M. Duemer found the building already a mass of flames and he placed fourteen streams, twelve of which were engine, on the fire. Chief Duerner was handicapped in fighting the fire by very bad roads and the yard being blocked with freight cars, but despite the difficulties he handled the fire very skilfully. The following apparatus was in service: Five No. 2 American-La France steam engines, one Manning Rotary, six straight hose wagons, two combination chemical and hose wagons, one American-La France motor triple combination pumping engine, and one Acerican-La France motor ladder truck. The aerial ladder did very effective service. Fifteen thousand feet of cotton rubberlined hose were used and 1,000 feet were burned. The property was valued at $90,000 and the loss on contents, valued at $500,000, including wheat, was $350,000.

Chief J. M. Duerner, Erie, Pa.

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