Lumber Yard Razed at Waterbury

Lumber Yard Razed at Waterbury

In one of the most spectacular and costliest fires that has occurred at Waterbury, Conn., in a decade, the huge lumber plant of the Connecticut Lumber Company, Inc., on Highland Avenue, was virtually destroyed with an estimated loss of $130,000.

Fire started shortly before 3 p.m. Three buildings of two stories each, a truck, mill machinery, cement mixers and thousands of feet of lumber were consumed by the flames despite the efforts of six companies of the Waterbury Fire Department and one company from the town of Naugatuck, a suburb.

The fire started in a small shack near the Highland Division tracks of the New Haven Railroad Company on the west bank of the Naugatuck River and rapidly spread attacking pile after pile of lumber. Firemen were handicapped by insufficient water pressure. Three pumpers of the Waterbury department were coupled in a hose line about a mile long and the stream was split at the lumber yard to provide two lines, which were used to keep the flames from spreading.

Another siamesed line was in charge of Naugatuck firemen. A third line was brought into play near the railroad tracks. One handicap in checking the blaze from spreading was the frozen lumber. Piled high, the lumber was wet on the top of the pile, but lower down it was frozen so tightly together the firemen found it impossible to pull it apart and make a fire lane.

The fire was discovered by a supernumerary policeman, who called Fire Headquarters at 2:41 p.m. Chief Thomas Lynch and Acting Deputy Chief Martin Campion responded on the second alarm with several companies.

Chief Lynch and Acting Chief Campion estimated the loss as follows: Lumber and other supplies, $75,000 to $80,000; buildings, $20,000; tools, machinery and equipment, $25,000 to $30,000.

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