Large Residence Destroyed in Scarsdale, N. Y.
Handicapped by a fierce gale on one of the coldest nights of the winter, the fire departments of Scarsdale, New Rochelle and Mamaroneck, N. Y., fought a losing battle to save a large frame residence in the Quaker. Ridge Section of Scarsdale, on February 27. The fire, which was in the unoccupied house of the late Bradford Rhodes, was discovered by the caretaker and at that time had pretty well involved the entire west wing and had mushroomed through the upper floor and attic into the other parts of the big structure. He telephoned an alarm into police headquarters at Scarsdale, and Chief A. C. Dobbs responded with the entire Scarsdale fire department.
Realizing the extent of the fire and the extreme weather conditions, Chief Hobbs at once called upon New Rochelle and Mamaroneck for assistance, which was promptly sent. But the keen wind, beside fanning the flames into a furnace, handicapped the firemen, freezing the water as it fell and coating the men with ice. Fortunately there were no houses near enough toward the northwest, in which direction the clouds of sparks were blown, to be endangered by them and the fire was confined to the Rhodes residence, which was entirely destroyed. Of the four large chimneys, two collapsed, and two of the Scarsdale firemen had narrow escapes from death when the mass of brick and mortar of one of the stacks fell around them. They were rescued by their comrades, badly bruised, but otherwise none the worse for their experience. The loss was estimated at $60,000.