Waterbury Fast Burner Gives Firemen Hard Fight
A fierce two-alarm fire, said to have been caused by a loose transformer switch connection, swept the Connecticut Wholesale Supply Company at Waterbury, Conn., on January 15. When firstalarm fire fighters arrived on the scene at 1:12 a.m., flames were spiraling nearly 200 feet into the air and were rapidly moving toward gasoline and oil storage tanks in the area, which is at Fifth Street extension and South Leonard Street.
Fire chief Francis Scully quickly moved firemen in on all sides to battle the flames and brought the blaze under control at 2:46 a.m. Hundreds of spectators watched as the fire ate through lumber and building supplies and swept offices and sheds in the yard. The fire was discovered by Patrolman Eugene Falcone, who reported it to the police radio dispatcher. Upon arrival at the scene Deputy Chief Joseph Maloney radioed a second alarm. On the first alarm Engines 3, 11 and Truck 3 responded. The second alarm brought Engines 4, 10, Truck 1 and Chief Scully. Other calls for extra equipment were made by Chief Scully. Recall was at 2:46 a.m. Fire Marshal Thomas W. Seadden estimated damages at $180,000.