Old Frame Structure at Lakewood Burned
A three-story structure of all wood construction, occupying an area 49 by 112 feet in the main business section of Lakewood, N. J., and occupied by the Times and Journal, law and real estate offices, dentists’ and physicians’ offices and a lodge room was totally destroyed, except the foundation, by fire recently. Chief Norman S. Grant and the Lakewood department made a hard and successful fight to confine the flames to the Times and Journal building. The fire, cause unknown, was discovered at 1.05 o’clock, an alarm being sent in over the Gamewell system and Chief Grant responded with seventy firemen and four motor combination chemical and hose trucks with 4,000 feet of hose. The entire second story was already ablaze and nine hydrant streams were thrown, water being obtained from an eight-inch main on Main street and a twelveinch main on another street. Nine four-inch double hydrants were available. Pressure at the hydrants was eighty pounds. The fire burned over four hours and the loss on the building was placed at $25,000 and the loss on $16,000 worth of contents was estimated at $13,000. The building was about fifty years old, the partitions walls were of pine wood and the all wood construction of the building made it ready fuel for the spread of the flames.