Nail and Rivet Plant at Fallston Partially Destroyed

Nail and Rivet Plant at Fallston Partially Destroyed

A large part of the C. C. & E. P. Townsend nail and rivet plant at Fallston, a borough across the Beaver river from New Brighton, Pa., was destroyed by an early morning fire recently The night watchman discovered the fire in the centre of the plant. At 5.10 a. m. a call was telephoned to New Brighton and Chief D. T. Cooper promptly responded with a No. 1 Holloway hose wagon, a No. 2 Boyd motor combination chemical and hose wagon, a No. 4 Stewart hose wagon and an AmericanLa France city service ladder truck. Fallston, which has a population of about 600, has a fire company with a hand-drawn hose reel, which responded to the fire after the New Brighton department. The burned part of the plant was about 80 by 300 feet in area. The building was an old two-story structure of wood with corrugated iron on the outside and two brick partition walls. The building was aflame from one end to the other when Chief Cooper arrived and he directed the battle to prevent the fire from crossing a race to the east, where the Townsend machinery for making rivets is located, and over to the south, where the offices and warerooms are, and succeeded in saving them. About one hundred and fifty feet from the offices is the wire nail shop, a new brick building, modern in every respect. In this building is a steam fire pump with a capacity of 1,000 gallons per minute and another pump, located in the rivet department, and which is operated by a turbine water wheel, has about the same capacity. There were twelve streams on the fire. Four borough hydrants and several private hydrants were available. The water pressure at hydrants was 70 pounds. The pressure from the Townsend company’s pumps was excellent. The New Brighton department had in use 2,650 feet of hose and besides that about 1,500 feet of hose were used. About forty firemen were at the fire. The burned area included a carpenter shop, storehouse, etc.

Fire at Townsend Plant at Fallston, Pa., After it Was Under Control.Two General Views of the Ruins of Part of the Townsend Plant at Fallston, Pa.

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