Freight Station Destroyed by Fire at Hazleton
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company’s freight station at Hazleton, Pa., valued at $4,600, was destroyed by fire on July 29, and the contents, valued at $8,000. were damaged to the extent of $6,200. The building was constructed of wood, and the fire spread through it so rapidly that upon the arrival of Chief L. J. Kepping and his department, the flames bad gained much headway. Excellent work was done by Chief Kepping and his men in keeping the fire confined to the one building, and in saving about $1,800 worth of freight from destruction. The destroyed building was one story high and occupied a space of 120 by 150 feet. The fire started early in the morning from an unknown cause and burned for 2¾ hours. Five 6-inch double hydrants were available for use, at which there was an average pressure of 72 pounds. One hydrant and seven engine streams were thrown from the 2,500 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose in use.