Mutual Aid Helps Asbury Park Quell Suspicious Blaze
Fire officials and representatives of the National Board of Fire Underwriters are conducting investigations into the cause of a $500,000 fire that swept through two 3-story buildings in the Asbury Park, N. J., business section on May 28. The blaze, discovered at 6:00 a.m., saw the entire front of the Glamour Girl Beauty Lounge blown out across Main Street.
When apparatus from the three Asbury Park paid companies arrived, flames were shooting out of the building. Chief Michael DeSarno put in a second alarm, calling all off-duty men and the city’s few volunteers. By 6:30, the fire had spread to the upper stories of the building and involved three other stores on the street floor.
Apparatus responding to the call for mutual aid included a 1,000-gallon pumper and aerial from Ocean Grove; 750-gallon pumper and aerial from Neptune’s Unexcelled Fire Company; a 750gallon pumper from the Hamilton Company, Neptune; two 1,000-gallon pumpers from Wanamassa, and a 750-gallon pumper and aerial truck from Allenhurst. All were working during the height of the fire, with Ocean Grove, Neptune and Wanamassa pumping from Wesley Lake nearby. Ocean Grove had 2,700 feet of hose working at one time.
Firemen fought the blaze from the roofs of nearby buildings, from ladder pipes on the five aerial trucks, from de luge sets set up around the area, and from hand lines pulled through alleys to the rear of the burning structure.
The fire spread to a second three-story structure and back into the center of the block and it was more than two hours later before it was declared under control. The last apparatus did not leave until nearly eight hours later.
Persons in nearby apartments were evacuated as the flames grew and for a time it was feared the blaze might spread into the Savoy theater building. Nearby buildings suffered smoke and water damage.