Priceless Census Records Destroyed by Fire

Priceless Census Records Destroyed by Fire

Blaze in Commerce Building Burns Papers That Can Never Be Replaced—Were Stacked in Aisles—Adjoining Property Saved in Reading, Pa.—Fires of Week

Adjoining Property Saved in Reading Fire

When the fire department of Reading, Pa., under the command of Chief John Neithammer arrived at the scene of the fire in response to a box alarm from station 8 at 8 P. M., they found the entire building of the Reading Dyeing Company ablaze. The chief realizing that there was very little chance of saving the building, devoted most of his energies to confining the fire to the place of origin and succeeded in this endeavor after a threehours fight. There were one 650-gallon Silsby, one 800-gallon Nott, one 700-gallon Clapper-Jones steamers, one 500 gallon and one 350-gallon White, one 750-gallon and two 1000-gallon LaFrance pumpers in service. Ten triple hydrants, spaced about 270 feet apart, were available, with a pressure from 60 to 75 pounds and 16 engine and 2 hydrant streams were thrown with nozzles of 1 1-4 and 1 1-8 inches, the water mains being 16 and 8 inches. Four thousand feet of hose were laid, of which two sections burst. The water pressure from a gravity system was excellent. The structure of the Reading plant was two and three stories in height, built of brick and frame with brick partitions. The fire started in the northwest end of the building from an unknown cause. The loss on the building was $36,468.85 and on the contents, $104,885.88.

Chief John Neithammer, Reading, Pa.

Indianapolis Film Fire

A fire which originated on the third floor of the H. Lieber Company in the business section of Indianapolis, Ind., practically gutted the building recently, two floors being entirely destroyed. The building, which was of four stories and constructed of brick, was exclusively occupied by the H. Lieber Company, distributors of moving picture films. There was an art studio on the second floor and this was very badly damaged by water. The first floor and basement were filled with photographic supplies and in the rear of the building a large stock of films was stored. These were saved by the fire department from destruction. The alarm was received at 6:59 A. M., and the department, under command of First Assistant Chief Hoyle, responded with four engine companies, five hose companies, a service truck, an aerial, water tower, two flying squads and two fire patrols. As soon as Chief Hoyle saw the conditions he sent in a second alarm at 7:01 o’clock, bringing Chief John C. Loucks of the department and four engine companies, one aerial, two service and six hose companies. The damage to the building was $25,000, and that on the stock, $150,000.

Fire Which Destroyed Census Records

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