Garage Fire at Elyria.
The bursting of a tire vulcanizer is said to have caused a fire at Elyria, O., on September 10, which almost completely destroyed the garage of the Elyria Garage Company and all its contents, including seven automobiles some of which were new, and valuable repair machinery and tools. Arriving promptly on an alarm turned in at about 6 p. m. and realizing the dangerously inflammable contents of the one-story structure, Chief W. N. Bates immediately sent in a general alarm, bringing all the firemen and apparatus in the city to the scene. The oils and greases caused such a rapid spread of the flames that the employees barely had time to escape and only one automobile near the door could be taken out. By hard work the firemen managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to adjoining property. The apparatus in service at the fire consisted of two Robinson motor combination pumping engines and hose wagons, one Amoskeag steamer, one combination chemical and hose wagon and a tractor-drawn Seagravc 65-ft. aerial truck. The total loss is conservatively estimated at $25,000, a small percentage of which is covered by insurance. After the fire had been placed under control Chief Bates sent one company back to the central station and they had no sooner gotten there when an alarm came in for a barn fire not far from the burning garage. This fire, according to Chief Bates, was caused by sparks from the garage.