HUNGARIAN FIRE CONGRESS.
The Department of Commerce and Labor at Washington, D. C., has received, through the Department of State, a communication from the Austro-Hungarian ambassador at Washington, inclosing the program of a congress of the International Union for Protection against Fire, to be held at Buda-Pesth, on August 17 to 21 next, and inviting the United States to send delegates. The program has been filed in the Department of State, where it may be consulted by persons interested. The ambassador’s note (translated) is as follows; “The International Union for Protection against Fire will hold its next congress on August 17-21, at Buda-Pesth. The Hungarian Union for Protection against Fire will, in connection with this congress, hold an exhibition for fire-extinguishing and safety devices. I would request that the circles interested in this matter (firemen, manufacturers, etc.) should be informed by your excellency.”
While fighting a fire in the cellar of the two-story brick automobile warehouse at 215-17 West Fortyeighth street, Manhattan, New York, an eight-gallon tank of naphtha exploded, and seriously imperiled the lives of Lieutenant Patrick Brennan and three firemen of engine No. 4 and hook and ladder No. 4. The firemen named were the first to enter the building, and, when the tank hurst, the blazing oil flew in all directions. They attempted to retreat, but one fell, overpowered by the fumes. Others stopped to help, and one after another all were overcome, when Captain Hayes, of the West Fortyseventh street police station, with two detective sergeants, wondering at their failure to appear, dashed through the rising smoke and flame and bore them to safety. The men lay helpless on the sidewalk, and all were removed to the Roosevelt hospital, where they were soon revived sufficiently to report back to quarters, except Fireman Vit, whose condition was pronounced serious.