Odd Fellows’ Temple in Albany Gutted by Fire
Fire which originated in the building of the Albany Tire Repairing Company, Albany, N. Y., and after burning a number of automobies, it spread to the Odd Fellows’ Temple, which was practically destroyed, on the morning of January 27. The cause of the fire is unknown. The Odd Fellows’ Temple was a four-story brick building, 40 by 220 feet in area, and was built twenty-five years ago. Owing to the age and construction of this building it was impossible to save it, and Chief W. W. Bridgeford experienced great difficulty in preventing the spread of the flames. At one time nine buildings were on fire and the nearby Albany Club and Empire Theatre were in danger, but the chief quickly extinguished these minor fires. No one was hurt, despite the fact that a wall fell while the fire was at its height. Nine engines, three hook and ladder trucks, one salvage corps and 190 men responded to the alarm. The department used 8,000 feet of hose, and at one time had eighteen streams playing on the fire from nozzles of sizes varying from 1⅛ to 1⅛ inches. Deluge sets were used and proved effective. After eight hours’ work the entire blaze had been extinguished, the loss totalling about $175,000.