Part of North End Hotel Saved by Combined Fire Departments of Several Jersey Towns—Burnings of the Week

A LARGE part of the North End Hotel situated on the Boardwalk, at Ocean Grove, N. J., was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours, the blaze originating in the laundry room from an unknown cause. The fire was discovered by an employee who at once gave the alarm and the guests were quickly aroused. Most of those in the wing on fire lost all of their belongings as they were compelled to flee in their night clothes. No lives were lost. The Ocean Grove apparatus were quickly on the scene, but so threatening was the fire that Chief Phineas Proctor at once called for outside assistance, and apparatus was sent front Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Avon, Neptune City, West Grove and other places in the vicinity. Before the blaze was brought under control about one-fifth of the hotel rooms were destroyed, the rear and center of the building being the worse affected.

Ruins of the Burned Portion of the North End Hotel, Ocean Grove, N. J., Showing Complete Destruction.

Chief John J. Towey, and other Newark, N. J., firemen, spending their vacation at the shore, played a prominent part in preventing the fire from spreading into the main part of the hotel. As soon as Chief Towey, who was stopping at the Powhatan Hotel in Asbury Park, learned that the hotel was on fire he hurried to the scene of the blaze. Here he met several other of the Newark men and William Clifton of the Harrison Fire Department. Chief Towey at once saw the first Ocean Grove steam engine to reach the fire had become disabled and bad cut down the water supply of two lines of hose. With Chief Taggart of the Asbury department Chief Towey and the other Newarkers manned a line of hose and went directly into the hotel where the fire was the hottest. Water for this line of hose was pumped from the North End pool.

Within the next half hour with the arrival of more apparatus engines were placed near the North End pool and Wesley Lake and several lines of hose were taken into the burning structure. The pumping apparatus of the pool was started and the pool was kept filled with water from the ocean. The loss was estimated at about $75,000.

New Chemical Car For Reading, Pa.—The Keystone Fire Company of Reading, Pa., was authorized to purchase new chemical apparatus. Under the plan, the company will purchase the apparatus, and the city will refund the purchase price from an appropriation in next year’s budget.

The Burning North End Hotel, Ocean Grove, N. J.View of the Ruins from the Front.

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