THIRD FIRE IN A FIREPROOF BUILDING.
Three times in two years the Hard ware club on the fourteenth floor of the fireproof Postal Telegraph company’s building at Broadway and Murray street, Manhattan, New York, has had a fiery experience. It was damaged to a large extent by the disastrous fire in the Home Life Insurance company’s building in 1898. A small fire at another time was caused hy an explosion in the building while a member was experimenting on the eve of the Fourth of July. Its third ordeal by fire was onTuesday night, when ablaze started, none knows how—in the L-shaped superstructure fifty by thirty by twenty feet at t he southwest corner of the roof. A delay of five minutes took place, owing to the efforts of some amateur firemen among the members to put the fire out. When the department arrived another alarm was turned in, and the firemen utilized all the elevators to carry up the hose, which was at once connected with the standpipes in the building. These answered so admirably that although more hose was taken up, it was not necessary to use it. It was a little after 10 o’clock when the fire, which destroyed the woodwork and furnishings of the kitchen besides the stores in the superstructure, was under control. The fire did not go beyond these rooms. Many of the valuable furnishings in the other rooms of the club were saved from damage by the insurance patrol. The Postal Telegraph company’s men were hard at work when the tire broke out but stopped for a time. They closed the iron shutters, and so insured safety in that direction. Fortunately the general switchboard, which cost thousands of dollars, was unhurt. If the water had leaked down on it before the current had been turned off. it would have been ruined. The 600 wires connecting with it were cut off Within three quarters of an hour all were at work again. Four of thp elevators stopped running, because the water permitted the current wires to burn out. Loss, probably $15,000.