New York State Fire News.
Fayetteville has had a narrow escape of being wiped out by a night fire that destroyed the plants of the G. & C. Manufacturing company and the Lawless Paper company. Before the volunteer fire department could reach the scene the G. & C company’s plant was a mass of flames. Manlius sent assistance, and Syracuse two hose wagons—the latter did the 7 intervening miles in less than thirty minutes. It was impossible to save either building, and all that could he done was to extinguish fires caused in the buildings by the flying sparks. ‘The G. & C. building was a 3-story wooden structure, unsprinklered. Of the Lawless Paper company only the walls remain. It, also, was not sprinklered, and each building contains much inflammable material: Three of the Fayetteville firemen were injured, but not dangerously, by the breaking of a ladder. The wind fortunately was westerly: if it had been southerly, a row of old wooden buildings north of the G. & C. plant must have gone up and probably the whole business centre. To the east of the paper company’s building is a big vacant space and a gully, which prevented any spread of the fire on that side. The loss was set down as at least $50,000. Within a year Fayetteville has been visited with three destructive fires— making a total loss of $100,000. The village is a very wooden one, with wooden roofs permitted. The fire area is 400 acres. The fire department is small in numbers and volunteer. The equipment does not include a steamer, only a handengine, and, as recent costly experiences have shown, too much reliance is placed on the stream thrown by its far too few hydrants and its fire pressure of nominally 140 lb. The waterworks system is gravity.
While at a fire in a 3-story frame building at Troy, Dr. Harry O. Fairweather. of the Read Steamer company, and a former fire captain, the ladder, on which lie and three other firemen were working broke, and he was thrown 20 ft. to the ground, sustaining a fracture at the base of the skull. His recovery is almost hopeless.
The following elections and appointments of chief officers’ of fire departments are announced: Lyon—W. Fred. Clausen, of Active Hose company No. 3. Canajoharie.—Charles Use. The last-named town has decided to have a fire department council, to consist of the chief, first and second assistants, treasurer and two representatives from each of the fire companies. The council will have charge and transact all the business of the local fire department.
The Gorman hose company, of Medina, after having been established for seventeen years, has disbanded. The town will probably have a paid, instead of a volunteer fire department.
Buffalo bad an ugly early Sunday morning fire, when the 4-story brick building at Nos. 10-16 Lock street, occupied by the Olin Gas Kngine company, the Pennfield Manufacturing company and the Samuel C. Rogers Machine company was the scene of a $40,000 blaze.