New York State Fire News.
Oneonta has very recently celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the organisation of its fire department. The late railway grandee Collis P. Huntington was fireman of the first fire company of which only one of the few surviving original members is still in the ranks.—Corning fire department has a new light hose wagon manufactured by F. and A. C. Stewart, of Rochester.—Ballston Spa had a $10,000 Sunday morning fire in the frame storehouse of the Union Bag and Paper company. The cause was spontaneous combustion in a large bale of waste in the upper story, the sun shining upon it from a window. Three streams from the mill pumps and three from the village fire mains soon had the flames under control. The damage was principally to the goods stored in the building from water.—The members of the Sexton hose company, of Palmyra, recently gave a successful vaudeville show in the opera house. The receipts were devoted to the benefit of the company.—The frame building of the Herkimer Manufacturing company recently caught fire. The loss was $15,000. The flames, which were confined to the place of origin, were extinguished by the local fire department, powerfully aided by seven streams from the plants of the Standard Furniture company and Gem Knitting mill.—The Oswego fire department has elected Clarence N. Stevens chief, with Edward H. Hart and Stuart W. Smith as respectively first and second assistant engineers.—Watertown has purchased a new combination and chemical wagon and Sherbottrne 300 ft. of new hose.—East Aurora had a destructive early morning fire in the Switzer bakery. It consumed a score of residences and business places before the flames were checked. Morris Graf, a baker, was terribly burned and may die. A family that lived over the bakery, barely escaped with their lives. Among the buildings destroyed was the opera house, the Model pharmacy, and the Tackaberry building, in which were located the lodgerooms of the Odd Fellows. The loss is estimated at $75,000, on which the insurance is only about one-half. Aurora was visited with a bad fire some two years or so ago, but has not profited by the warning then received to invest in some protection against a similar visitation. The town has literally no semblance of a fire department, and has to rely on a bucket brigade and neighboring. if distant towns for help in emergencies.— Clarence N. Stevens has been elected chief of the Owego fire department, with Edward N. Hart and S. W. Smyth as his assistants.—The Napa-Tan Leather company plant in Gloversville has been destroyed by a night fire. Owing to the isolated location of the building the flames gained great headway before the arrival of the fire companies. The machinery and building were valued at about $25,000. There was an insurance of $13,ooo. The building was 2-story, built of wood, and was at one time used by a chemical company. Chief Maxon’s department had a run of 2 miles before they could reach the scene.—The McIntyre hose company, of Troy, has celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary.—Carl C. Machemer has been appointed as fire commissioner at Rochester. His term is for six years at an annual salary of $500.—Carthage has had a $36,000 fireloss, insured for less than one-third. A spark from a locomotive started the blaze in a pieplate factory, the combustible nature of whose contents soon caused the destruction of the metal-clad, 2 1/2-story wooden building. The high wind carried the flames to an icehouse, a hardware store and a dwellinghou.se, which were totally consumed, while the roofs of several houses were set afire by the flying embers. The flames were fought by the combined departments of Carthage and West Carthage. Watertown was ready to send help; but its services were not needed. It was some hours before the fire was got under control.—Moon’s Lake house, a wellknown hotel at Saratoga Lake, was destroyed by an early morning fire. The loss was $25,000. insured for $14,000. Incendiarism is suspected. Moon’s hotel, which was not in use at the time of the fire, is more or less celebrated as the one in which “Saratoga chips’’ first became famous fifty years ago. They were made by Mrs. Carey B. Moon.—The Antwerp fire department, headed by its own band, had its annual parade through the principal streets and made a fine showing.— Four permanent hosemcn have been appointed at Albany, so that the firemen may have one day in every eight days instead of one in every ten.