Smoke Hinders Work of Firemen
Damage estimated at $50,000 resulted from a five-alarm fire which broke out in the basement and first floor of a jewelry store at Washington, D. C. Fire started in the rear of the basement, which is used as a shipping room.
The first alarm was sounded at 12:10 a.m., and calls were sent in for more apparatus. The fifth alarm called into service all available equipment.
Firemen were so hindered by smoke in their work that it was necessary to break a show window and to open the basement trapdoors in the sidewalks. At the height of the fire, smoke was so dense that a call was sent to the Hyattsvillc. Md., Fire Department for the use of their Pirsch smoke ejector. It is the machine that was used to save the lives of sixteen men in Chicago trapped in a tunnel. Hyattsville purchased the smoke ejector one year ago and at that time it was considered the only machine of its kind east of Chicago.