Long Battle With Flames in Intense Cold at Rockland
With the thermometer registering 27 degrees below zero, Chief George A. Flint and fifty firemen did excellent work in combatting a recent fire in the business section of Rockland, Me., for eighteen hours, and they succeeded in checking the flames. The construction of the buildings involved, old wooden two and three-story structures, walls and partitions being of wood, facilitated the spread of the flames. It was shortly after 2 a. m. that a naval reserve discovered the fire, which originated in a cellar. The fire burned the Frye block and adjacent buildings for about three hundred feet with a $70,000 loss. Chief Flint found the cellar a roaring furnace. He had one American-La France motor triple combination pumping engine and one steamer in service, and 3.200 feet of cotton rubber lined hose, of which 400 feet burst. The water system is gravity and the pressure at the hydrants was 80 pounds. Two engine and six hydrant streams were thrown. The contents included groceries, boots and shoes, pianos and printers’ materials.