Railway Building Destroyed at Gloucester
The one-story wooden building occupied by the Bay State Railroad Co. at Gloucester, Mass., together with its contents of summer cars, linemen’s supplies and stable equipment, was almost completely wiped out by fire recently. The building occupied 18,000 square feet of space and was 31 years old. The fire started in the rear of the building, the cause being thought to have been defective electric wiring, and owing to the age of the building and its wooden construction spread with great rapidity. When the department arrived, flames were coming from the roof and doors. The sparks from the blazing building were so numerous that five neighboring dwellings caught fire and Chief William S. Smith had all he could do to avert a serious conflagration. With skill and promptness Chief Smith extinguished these spreading flames with but small damage to the five dwellings, but it was impossible for him to save but little of the trolley company’s property. One Silsby steamer, two Amoskeag steamers, two hose wagons, one combination hose and chemical engine, two ladder trucks, one motor-driven combination hose and chemical engine and 80 firemen were at the fire. Chief Smith used 5,000 feet of hose with l}4-mch nozzles and had nine streams on the fire. He also made use of a wagon gun. The value of the damaged property was estimated at $4,250 and the contents at $28,680. The loss on the property amounted to $4,000, while the contents were totally destroyed.