Hardware Fire at Reading
Chief John G. Niethammer recently handled very skilfully a difficult fire that took place in a hardware building at Reading, Pa. The chief succeeded in preventing the fire from spreading and kept the loss on a building valued at $125,000 down to $35,000 and on contents, valued at $150,000, down to $125,000. The building is a four-story brick steel and concrete structure occupying a space of 40 by 230 feet with brick partition walls. The fire started from an unknown cause in the rear of the building and was discovered at 12.45 a. m., by a passerby who gave the alarm. Chief Niethammer found the building burning fiercely and he immediately placed twenty engine streams on the fire. Six double hydrants about 200 feet apart with a water pressure of 43 pounds were vailable. Ten engines, 11 combinations and 2 chemicals and 3 ladder trucks were in service at the fire. Two of the engines were motor triple combination pumping engines and gave very good service.