No Water for Firemen to Throw
While mummers filled the main street of Sterling, N. J., in their Hallowe’en frolics, cries of “Fire! Fire!” rang out from the second story of the building occupied by Otto Brogler as a grocery and hardware store, on the second floor of which was a tenement. Before the fire was over two buildings had been destroyed, two families were homeless, almost all the stock of two stores was consumed and Sterling, with no water for the firemen to pump, had one of the worst fire scares in its history. The loss is about $15,009. only partly covered by insurance. Louis Thievon telephoned to the fire departments of Bernardsville. Summit, Basking Ridge, Plainfield and New Providence, hut when help arrived the firemen found themselves powerless to fight the flames, which had then obtained great headway, because there is no main water supply. They did use chemicals to prevent the spread of the flames, which had bv this time communicated to the butcher shop and grocery of J. M. Holmes, Jr., who, with his family, lived above the store. The firemen spread wet blankets over near-by buildings to keep the flames from spreading, but from their at rival it was evident that both burning buildings were doomed.