River Craft Burn on North River, Manhattan.
A cargo of cotton and alcohol on the Southern Pacific lighter “Commercial,” tied up at the pier of the Fall River Line, New York, burst into flames one day last week. In a few seconds the fire spread to the barge “Eugene Jones” and threatened Piers Nos. 18 and 19. Employes on the piers cut both barge and lighter loose, and they drifted into the North River. Transfer tug No. 4 of the New Haven road, the tug Timothy D. Sullivan and a Standard Oil tug towed them into midstream. A flame from the “Commercial” licked her tow line which parted, and she drifted against the ferry slip at Chambers street, setting the piling on fire. Captain Lclay, of the ferryboat Tuxedo, had his crew play several streams on lighter and piling. This put out the flames ott the piling and drove the “Commercial” away from the slip. The transfer tug then made another line last to the lighter, after one of her crew had jumped to the blazing deck and had been pulled back just as his clothing caught fire. The fireboats New Yorker and William L. Strong finally extinguished the flames, after $50,000 damage had been done.