TEN PHILADELPHIA FIREMEN INJURED AT TANNERY BLAZE
Four Alarms Turned in for Plant Constructed Entirely of Wood—Fire Had Good Start Before It Was Discovered
TEN firemen were slightly injured in a four-alarm fire that swept through the plant of the Belgrade Leather Company in the northeastern part of Philadelphia, Pa. The plant was constructed entirely of wood and all that was left was the charred remains of two buildings. It occupied an area of 250 feet by seventy-five feet.
The blaze had a good start before an alarm was sounded. Six pieces of apparatus responded to the first alarm recorded at 12:19 p.m. The second was sent at 12:27, the third at 12:32 and the fourth at 12:37 p.m.
Chemicals used in tanning leather made ready fuel and caused heavy smoke clouds to settle over the neighborhood.
Good work on the part of the first alarm companies prevented the spread of fire to nearby buildings.
Several firemen escaped serious injury when two smoke stacks crashed to the ground. Street car and motor traffic were tied up for nearly two hours. It was not until after six p.m. that the last company returned to the fire station.
Members of the Second Alarmers’ Association were quick to respond to serve iced limeade and seltzer, for the day was very warm.