In Every Way an Elevated Fire

In Every Way an Elevated Fire

A car of the Union Hill trolley line 90 feet above Ferry and Monroe streets, Hoboken, N. J., caught fire the other night as it was ascending the elevated structure leading from that city to Jersey City hilltop, and was burned to the tracks. All the passengers got out in safety, but they had to make a risky trek in Indian file, between the tracks down the incline to Henderson street station, nearly 4,000 feet to the east. As the car was climbing upwards the controller box blew out as the result of a cross circuit, and a spectacular, almost an aerial blaze resulted. The flames were fanned by a stiff easterly wind and the blaze was a fierce one. The firehouse of engine company No. 3, of the Hoboken fire department was distant one block from the spot, but the firemen could render no assistance in extinguishing the aerial flames, as they could not reach the spot. And so, like Mohammed’s coffin, the car hung afire between heaven (as represented by Jersey City’s hill top) and earth, not badly typified by Hoboken, while the burning cinders and red hot bolts fell down in showers with a long drop to the ground. The only person injured was the motorman, whose hands and feet were somewhat severely scorched.

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