School Building Damaged at New Castle
The North Highland Avenue School at New Castle, Pa., caught fire recently from unknown cause and was damaged with its contents of books, desks, etc., to the extent of $17,000. The building and contents were valued at about $52,000. It was owing to the efficiency of Chief F. J. Connery and his department that the loss was kept so low. The fire started under the roof of the belry at about 2 p. m., and was stopped at the second floor after 3 1/2 hours’ work. During the course of the fire one fireman was hurt. The damaged building was three stories high and was built of brick about fifteen years ago. Forty firemen were at work at the fire with one Knox triple combination pumping engine and other apparatus. One turret pipe and three hose was in service with 1and 1 1/8-inch nozzles, smoke helmets were put in use and 2,500 feet of Two hydrant and two engine streams were thrown. Four 6-inch double hydrants, situated about 400 feet apart, were available for use and from each of these a pressure of from 45 to 50 pounds was obtained. The nearby water main was 8 inches in diameter.