NEW HOSE HOUSE AT ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.
The building committee of the Neptune hose company No. I, of Atlantic City, N. J., advertised on August 25 last, for competitive plans for their new hose house to be built on Atlantic avenue, and Massachusetts street. The plans of Mr. Seymour Davis, architect, 907 Walnut street, Philadelphia, were selected as having the best floor arrangement and most pleasing exterior. In this number is published a sketch showing how this building will look when erected. It is fifty feet wide and one hundred feet long, and the plan provides for three tracks to accommodate five apparatus, eight single stalls.and one box stall. The tower on the corner isof sufficient height to hang hose in full length to dry, and will support a 2,000 pound bell. The second story has accommodations for ten men, and includes smoking room, card room, sitting room, bath room, dormitory, workshop, hayloft, and drying room The building is amply lighted and well ventilated. Its first story will be built of brown stone; the second, of mottled brick and terra cotta to match. The house will cost, when finished. $13,800.
NEW YORK FIRE GOSSIP
Election night had no very big conflagration this year; but during the day eighteen alarms of fire called out the firemen. For one, a lively blaze in the four-story brick tenement. 186 Bleecker street, calls were turned in from the box at West Broadway and Fourth street. Either it did not work properly or thealarmers waxed impatient and another call was sent in from MacDougal and Third streets. It is also claimed that still another nearby box had been pulled in vain for the same fire—The fire board will spend next year $181,000 for new sites and buildings. It asked for $300.000.—The fire commissioners have decided to take up the matter of the charges against Edward O’Meagher Condon, superintendent of buildings for the fire department. The charges against Condon are very broad in their scope and embrace allegations of fraud and incompetency in his official duties.
A two-alarm fire on Election night wrecked the five-story building occupied by the Broadway Novelty Coggany and De Young, a photographer at 815 Broadway, and damaged the adjoining premises. It gave the firemen a half hours’ hard work to extinguish it. The fire started from an explosion in De Young’s studio and caused a loss of $75,000. The three top floors of the building were wrecked.
No. 69 Division street is a five-story brick house, whose ground floor is occupied bj a wholesale cloak and fur house, the second, third, and top floors by four families in front and rear of each. A fire which started after the explosion of a gas stove on the second floor front was seen by a small boy on a bicycle, whom an intelligent policeman arrested as he was turning in an alarm. The tenants were afraid to attempt a descent by the stairs and made for the fire escapes at* the rear. Among these was a man in his nightclothes who carried two naked children in his arms. One daring rescue was made. Fireman Wilkinson, of engine No. 6, was the first fireman to go into the building. He went up by the fire escape, and on the third floor found Mrs. I xuis Levy unconscious on the fire escape. Although she weighs almost twice as much as Wilkinson, he took her in his arms and managed to carry her down the escape unaided. Fireman Sheridan, also of No. 6, had just reached the fifth floor fire escape with a hose when the flames burst from a window in front of him. Before he could recover himself his coat was on fire. He clapped his helmet before his face and bravely stood his ground, shouting for water. When water came,he turned the hose first on himself and then began fighting back the fire as though nothing had happened. The fire was put out after a hard struggle. Loss is $5,000 on building and $5,000 on tenants’ furniture.
An Election night bonfire in a vacant lot on One Hundred and Thirty-fourth street, between Third and Willis avenues, did no mischief till 2 o’clock the next morning, when it somehow or another destroyed four frame buildings and burned a valuable draught horse. The blaze was discovered by Boast.a bicycle policeman of the Morrisania station. Before the fire department ariived the fire had gained too great headway to save the buildings. The police had tried to play firemen with their hose; but succeeded best in drenching themselves and non-endangered property.
The number of fire alarms in this city from midnight October 28, to the corresponding period on November 5 was 58.