Masonic Temple at Jersey Shore I _____
A fire recently caused by an overheated furnace in the basement of the Masonic Temple Association’s building at Jersey Shore, Pa., partially destroyed it. The building was a 3story structure occupying a space 60 by 100 and built of brick, steel and wood. The private fire protection consisted of a brick partition wall, fire extinguishers and a fire escape. The fire was discovered at 6 in the morning and the alarm was given at 6:10 by the department fire alarm. When Chief M. T. Myers arrived he saw that the fire had a good start and he immediately placed six streams on the building. 6 hydrants—each about 200 feet apart—were available with a pressure of 40 pounds The only apparatus the Chief had was a chemical hose wagon and ladder. Later a call was sent to Williamsport, Pa., and Chief John M. Miles of Williamsport, who received the call at 8:45 A. M., at once obtained permission from the superintendent of public safety to send the triple combination fire apparatus located at No. 2 Engine House to Jersey Shore. This is an American-LaFrance Type 12 Triple machine.
The trip over snow covered roads was made in remarkably quick time. At 9:10 o’clock the truck left the engine house on West street. Twenty minutes later, Chief Miles received word over the telephone that the truck had passed Linden. It was expected that because of the cold weather and deep snow that the firemen might have some trouble in making the sixteen miles to the upriver town. The truck reached Jersey Shore in thirty-eight minutes. The apparatus was in charge of Captain George Eckenrode. L. W. Thompson was at the steering gear and the other firemen who made up the crew were, Rundio, Jonas, Ferber and Schemery. 3,500 feet of rubber lined hose was used and 200 feet of it burst during the fire. Chief Myers did very effective work and although handicapped by lack of equipment he kept the loss on property and content valued at $148,650 down to $76,500. The loss comprised merchandise in clothing store, furniture in offices, lodge club rooms, and hotel.