Three Boats and Wharf Burn
Two ferryboats and a barge in drydock at the Shooters Island Shipbuilding Company’s yards in the Kill Von Kull were recently destroyed by fire, which started in one of the ferryboats and quickly spread to the other craft. Alongside the ferryboat, which was the Fordham, lay the express float of the New Haven railroad. Next to the express was the barge Sumner, owned by the McAllister Towing Line. There is no municipal fire-fighting force on Shooters Island, and the flames got beyond the control of the watchman, leaping quickly from the express to the Sumner, and soon all three boats were burning The fireboat New Yorker and other marine lire craft from Brooklyn reached the island in time to save the tiOO-foot pier and to prevent further spread of the flames inland, but the shore end of the pier and the three boats were a total loss After the lire had been blazing total! hour, attempts were made to place several Staten Island fire companies on floats and tow them across the Kill to the scene of the fire. The accompanying illustration was made from a photograph taken for this magazine while the fire was in progress.
A fire which broke out recently in the Arkansas Fertilizer ( ‘mpany, Argcnta, Ark , caused a total destruction of the building and its contents, consisting of machinery and fertilizer. The hre started in the front, near the office, and gave the department a hard fight for twenty-four hours. The structure was two stories high, four years old. and was built of wood and sheet iron, the blaze was of unknown origin and was discovered by a watchman, who turned in a telephone alarm at 7.30 p. m. To fight the lire, which was beyond control, two combination chemical and hose wagons were used. Loss is estimated at $200,000.