SPECTACULAR FIRE AT HOBOKEN.
A destructive, fatal, and spectacular fire burned the Phoenix pier, Hoboken, N. J., with many bales of cotton, hay, etc. It broke out at 8 p. m. on Tuesday night on board the British Queen, and the flames ran along the whole wooden structure, set fire to several lighters, and their cargoes, burning nine; damaged a dock of the Barber line; threatened the Holland-American line and the huge Campbell stores: damaged the steamship Heathburn; and set fire to the pier of the Rotterdam line. The Maasdam of that line was towed out unhurt. The Heathburn was hauled out afire and in midstream had the flames extinguished by streams from six tugs; all on board escaped. Several blazing lighters, cottonladen, set off downstream on their own account. From one, the Tonawanda, the captain saved himself, his wife, and child by escaping to a floating cotton bale. Of the others, one closely pursued by the Van Wyck, New Yorker, and Zophar Mills, fireboats, ran amuck against the Chambers street, Manhattan, pier and set it on fire. The land force and fireboats made short work of the flames, and the lighter was hauled off, only to have the same performance repeated at a Murray street pier, and again at Rector street, where the pier was covered with inflammable stuffs. Finally, after just missing a Pennsylvania ferryboat, she was beached at Governor’s Island, where she did a little more in the firebug line, but was finally squelched by streams from the Seth Low fireboat. Meanwhile a crowd of engines, hose wagons, and firemen headed, flanked, and rearguarded by Chief Croker as the necessity arose, careered up and down West street, protecting the water front and putting out fires on the piers. The scene was very exciting and as a spectacle grand. It is known that two lives were lost, while several people received hurt and injury front the flames and immersion in the icy waters. Loss set down as at least $1,000,000.