Village of Bliss, N. Y., Wiped Out
The thriving little farming village of Bliss, in the Wyoming Valley, N. Y., was practically wiped out by a recent fire that started soon after 4 p.m., as the result of the attempt of several small boys to amuse themselves by lighting cat-tail torches in a barn. The hay caught and, as the barn stood in the rear of a hotel, the flames were quickly communicated to the hotel and, with a brisk wind blowing, the two structures were soon a mass of flames, spreading to the adjoining property. The village fire department of volunteers did its best,, but was terribly hampered by the lack of water, one of the reservoirs being pumped dry half an hour after the fire started, it was said; while the pipes of the other became clogged and useless, the firemen assert. Calls for help were telephoned to neighboring villages, and the village officials say that between 500 and 600 volunteer firemen from all parts of Wyoming County assisted in trying to check the flames. The Perry volunteer department saved much property by running their motor pumping engine down the bank of a hill to the creek, from which they drafted good streams. It is stated that 71 buildings were destroyed, including 30 dwellings, which housed more than 100 persons. Practically everything they contained was lost and the families were left destitute. No lives were lost, and no one was seriously injured, although a few were slightly burned in makingdesperate efforts to save some of their effects.