Hot Fire at Newark.
Newark has had a nasty fire in the southern part of the city. The building damaged was the elevator of the Wilkinson-Gaddis company, the contents of which were oats, feed, etc. The elevator, which had been built about twenty years, occupied a space of about 100×100 ft., and was constructed of wood and galvanised iron and was not sprinklered. In front of it was a street 30 ft. wide, and there were plenty of 6-in. hydrants available; but none were used for the purpose of throwing hydrant streams. Eight engines—5 Amoskeag and 3 American-La France—were in attendance. Twelve engine streams, siamesing being the rule, were thrown, the nozzles being !J4-in. to 2-in. Eastman. Five thousand feet of cotton hose were laid, of which only one length burst. The gravity waterworks system supplied plenty of water to keep the engines going. When the department arrived, as it did promptly, it found that the fire had broken out in the engineroom. owing to the accumulation of oily waste having generated spontaneous combustion, and that the whole room was in a blaze. The flames had burned through the side to the elevator. The bins were not much burned, and the loss was not more than $40,000. The insurance was heavy. The fire took place in a very congested neighborhood; but Chief Astly confined it to the place of origin. T he half-yearly meeting of the
The Standard Oil company’s case steamship Buffalo, lying at Constable Hook, Bayonne, took tire the other night between decks. She was •owed by tugs to the middle of the Kill von Kull, where six of the company’s tugs fought the flames. The fire is supposed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion. When the blaze was dbcovered, the hatches were battened down and the compartment was flooded with streams. There were only about 3 in. of wood and steel between the flames and 60,000 bids, of refined oil; but the fire was conquered without the oil having been touched. The fire on the Buffalo had hardly been got under control when a still in plant 2 of the paraffine department of the same company at the same place took fire. About 5,000 bids, of oil were consumed.