Seven Firemen Injured at Somerville Fire
While subduing a blaze at the building of the Sprague-Hathaway Company in the western part of Somerville, Mass., recently, seven firemen were injured. The fire was almost under control when a section of the fourth story wall fell upon the men, who were about to enter the building. The building was a four-story structure of brick and Wood and was built about twenty years ago. When the firemen arrived flames were coming from almost all of the third-story window’s. Five steamers, three ladder trucks, three combination trucks and ninety firemen responded to the alarm. Chief Sewell M. Rich had eleven streams playing upon the blaze and also made use of deluge sets. The total value of the building and its contents of artists’ materials was approximately $70,000, and that the loss only amounted to $45,000 reflects credit upon Chief Rich and his men, since the fire had gained headway with great rapidity. Not one of the 100 employees w’orking in the building was injured. The fire companies had in use about 7,500 feet of hose, with 154-;nch nozzles. The fire was discovered at about 10:20 a. m., by the janitor, the origin being unknown.