Granville Partially Burned.
Granville, N. Y., a village of 4,500 inhabitants, suffered a fire loss of about $125,000 on January 3. Sixteen buildings were reduced to ashes, nineteen firms were put out of business and twenty-two families were made homeless. The flames were discovered in a basement by two men who were passing about midnight Monday. The local firemen did the best they could for a time and finding it impossible to cope with the flames, word was sent to Whitehall, Middle Granville, Salem and other surrounding towns for aid. When the out-of-town companies arrived, however, the fire had spent its force and their services were not needed. The village reservoir was so near dry that it was useless to attach hose to hydrants. The Granville Electric Company’s pumps had broken down several days ago. Someone got the Borden Condensed Milk Company’s pumps working an hour after the fire started, and in a while the firemen began real fighting. The odds against them were discouraging. The only water available was from the Mettowee river, which runs through the town, and across which the flames leaped, destroying buildings on either side. There was about $65,000 worth of insurance on the burned property. The Munson Hotel, valued with furniture at $32,000, was not insured.
The accompanying photograph, for which we are indebted to the Troy Times, shows the burned district. The flames followed the wooden floor of the bridge over the Mettowee river. The water company has been severely criticized for unfavorable conditions that existed, but from what can be learned the criticism should have been aimed at the villagers instead. The majority of communities have suffered on account of a lack of water during the past few months, and it is safe to surmise that the Granville citizens have been, like others, very extravagant in the use of water. Had they practiced a little economy. perhaps the fire department would have had sufficient water to tight the fire with.