Post Office Building Damaged at Pittston
The post office building, located on the westerly part of the city of Pittston, Pa., was recently damaged by fire. The building is a three-story brick structure, occupying a space 35 by 150 feet. The fire started in the west part of the second floor from an unknown cause and was discovered by a passerby who notified the hose company directly opposite. Chief E. J. Weber found the room where the fire started a mass of flames and smoke and the building all in smoke. He placed ten streams, six of which were engine streams, on the fire. Seven hydrants, each about 400 feet apart with a pressure of 92 pounds, were available and furnished good plug streams. Three engines, one motor American-La France pumping engine and four horse-drawn pieces of apparatus were in service. Chief Weber handled the fire skilfully. The department was handicapped by lack of helmets which would have enabled Chief Weber to confine the fire to the room in which it started. The loss on the building, valued at $75,000, was about $60,000, and that on contents, composed of mail, desks, maps, etc., valued at $50,000, was $17,910.