Lack of Fire Apparatus Causes Bad Fire

Lack of Fire Apparatus Causes Bad Fire

One of the worst fires that Marienville, Pa., has experienced attained great headway to the fact that the town is not equipped with fire apparatus and the members of the department were compelled to fight fire with hand chemical extinguishers. The fire starting in a bank building destroyed over three acres southwest of the railroad and one block north on May 3. Most of the buildings burned were two stories in height and construction of frame and consisted of dwellings, factories, etc. The cause of the fire was unknown and the alarm was received at 11 p. m. Twenty members of the department responded to the fire and labored as best they could with chemicals, according to an account furnished by Harry H. Harp of Marienville, the department having no fire apparatus. The fire spread from the bank building to a feed mill and thence to a hardware store and glass plant, following which it destroyed several residences and jumped across the railroad right-of-way at the lower end of the glass factory, burning a residence on the other side of the track, there being in all one bank, feed mill, warehouse, glass factory, six houses and two barns destroyed. The value of the buildings was estimated at $50,(XX) with a loss of $25,000, and on the contents the value was $75,000, with a loss of $50,000.

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