Pumper Used at 20th Story Fire
Fire broke out on the twentieth floor of the new court house under construction in Camden, N. J., and caused an estimated damage of $25,000.
In order that water streams could be brought to bear on the flames, Chief Thomas J. Nicholas of the Camden Fire Department and two construction officials rode to the twentieth floor of the burning building on a hoist, carrying the necessary lengths of hose. As the hoist was a temporary one, and designed for only 1,000 pounds, the task was hazardous.
The fire started from a red-hot rivet which fell into a pile of inflammable material. The resulting flames could be seen as far away as West Philadelphia, Gloucester and Collingswood.
A 1,000-gallon American-LaFrance pumper was stationed two hundred feet from the burning building and delivered an effective stream through 750 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose.