Lively Fire at Paterson.
The recent furniture store, carpenter shop, and tenement house fire in Paterson, N. already reported in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, was an affair of considerable magnitude, and one requiring the best efforts of Chief Stagg’s men to subdue. The unusual feature of the occasion, however, was the fact of the entire department being called into action by the fire mentioned above and some lesser ones throughout the city, and on top of this calls being rung in. Our Paterson informant has given us the following information concerning the disposition of the apparatus on that occasion, and it seems worth while to append it here:
Station 450 came in for the first fire at 4:26 p. in., July 11, 1909. The third alarm on 456 came in at 4:30 p. m., calling out all companies except Engine company No. 7. Shortly after the third alarm came in, station 321 was pulled for, a small closet fire, and No. 7 responded. This small lire was only a few blocks from the big one. While No. 7 was out on 321, station 562 came in. Fire alarm headquarters telephoned to the police station, and sent a patrol wagon filled with hose and exinguishers, to 502. Word then came over the telephone that the fire was spreading fast, so the operator at headquarters asked for help from Passaic and Haledon. In the meantime the Volunteer Hose company at Lake View, which is just beyond the city line, heard, of the fire and tied their hose reel to the back of a trolley car and came into the city. The water pressure on the mains in that section being over 50 pounds was enough to control the fire with the lines of -the Lake View company and those brought in bv the patrol wagon, so the Passaic company was stopped and sent back. The Haledon department was sent to the house of Engine No. 5, held in reserve until early in the evening.
It should also be chronicled that while Engine No. 7 was responding to its call, as noted above, it met with a mishap in the way of losing its left forward wheel. The firemen obtained a jack, and after replacing the wheel, continued to the fire.
Also a fire which was not rung in was that of a box car which developed into quite a lively blaze. It was handled by two policemen and some citizens, they knowing that all apparatus was out in response to alarms from other sections of the city.
The furniture store fire, mentioned at the outset, was one of the most stubborn with which the Paterson fire department has had to deal in the last three years. The fire had its origin apparently in the rear of the furniture. store and had considerable headway before discovery, communicated to the carpenter shop and also to a big three-story wooden tenement sheltering sixteen families. The entire rear end of these buildings was a mass of flames, and thick volumes of smoke were discernible above the roof in the early stages, yet no one in the street apparently noticed the fire. There was a strong wind blowing at the time, and had it not been for the efficient work of the firemen a fire of great proportions would likely have resulted.