Suspicious Blaze in Avoca, Pa.
A fire from unknown cause, but of rather suspicious origin, according to Chief George Gable of the fire department of Avoca, Pa., on the stage of the Sarsfield Opera House in that city at 2:15 A. M. recently resulted in the destruction of the Opera House, two other business buildings and two residences before being brought under control. The building, which was constructed of frame, was two stories in height and had been built twenty-eight years. It occupied a space of 48 x 90 feet. The number of firemen at the fire was fifty, and the department of Pittston under the command of Chief Emily Webber also assisted in fighting the blaze. The apparatus consisted of two American-LaFrance triple combination, one Republic and one White motor hose cars and one horse-drawn wagon. There were five 6-inch double hydrants available, spaced about 700 feet apart, with a pressure of 60 pounds at the hydrants. Three hydrant and three engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/4 inches, the street mains being ten inches. Approximately 3,000 feet of hose were laid. The value of the Opera House was $20,000 and that of the contents was $10,000, the loss on both being total. The total value of real estate destroyed was $75,000 and of property, $25,000.