Night Fire in Sullivan Street
A burst of flame and smoke came from the third story window of the five-story building, Nos. 209-211 Sullivan street, at 10 o’clock, a few nights ago, and before Patrolman Schneer, who was on fixed post half a block away, could sound the alarm the fire had gone up the stairs to the upper floors and the roof. The cellar, first and second floors were used as a stable, in which were quartered sixty horses. The third and fourth floors were occupied by paper box factories and the fifth by a laundry. Chief Kenlon came in answer to the first call and sent in two additional alarms. The sixty horses then were got to the street, many of them refusing to leave until they were blindfolded. There was a strong northeast wind which endangered surrounding property. Chief Kenlon ordered that the fivestory tenement houses at Nos. 205-207 be vacated. These houses already were smoking and the firemen were wetting down their roofs. A shift came in the wind and flames leaped over the roof of the four-story tenement at No. 213. Policemen ran through it to arouse the families. On the top floor Policemen Kelly and Flannagan found Mrs. Marie Villa, who a few hours before had given birth to a baby boy. Mother and baby were wrapped in blankets and carried across the street to the tenement at No. 212. Directly in the rear of the building was the stable of Z. T. Piercy containing 200 horses. Many of the horses were taken to the street. Others were led to the ground floor, ready for quick removal. Chief Kenlon estimated that the loss was about $50,000.
Among the thugs, murderers and other terrors to society whom Governor Blease, of South Carolina, sent out on New Year’s day once more to prey upon their fellow-men, were a convicted murderer, a man convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill, and Nathaniel Wright, William Wright and Joseph Shepherd, all convicted of arson in 1907 and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. As in these days arson is a not unprofitable crime the last named three may start again and end up as millionaires.