Simultaneous Fires at South Bethlehem
Two fires occurring almost simultaneously at South Bethlehem, Pa., Feb. 17, caused damages amounting to about $50,000. The Delta Phi fraternity house, 701 Delaware avenue, was completely destroyed—loss $20,000. The German Inn, Fourth and Hill streets, and a threestory double brick building in the rear of the hotel, were burned to the ground—loss $30,000. In both instances the occupants of the structures were forced to leave the house sparsely clad. The fires were some distance apart. The intense cold impeded the work of the firemen. The water, which had but little pressure, froze in the hose.
The St. Joseph, Mo., Credit Men’s Association at its annual banquet recently, considered the fire department of that city, or rather it invited a minister, an insurance man and others. The insurance man said that the local firemen do not give the proper attention to the inspection of buildings for the purpose of guarding against fire, and are far behind other firemen in that respect. They spend most of their time staying about the fire stations.