Two Fires in Brooklyn Library
Early one day recently two fires were discovered in the right and left wings of the Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn, N. Y. C., Public Library, occupying a two-story brick structure. The blaze in the right wing burned itself out without spreading, but the other had gained such headway before it was discovered that interior decorations were destroyed and several thousand books ruined by smoke and water, the damage being estimated at $30,000. A policeman discovered the fire. He saw smoke pouring from the cupola and turned in an alarm. The fire department got the blaze under control after two hours’ work, Deputy Chiefs Lally and O’Hara being in command, and by good work the blaze was confined to the left wing. It was found a fire had been burning under some ladders in the right wing, but it had failed to spread. A number of firemen on the main floor had narrow escapes when three balconies collapsed.