Well Managed Fire at New Rochelle

Well Managed Fire at New Rochelle

Chief James Ross, of New Rochelle, N. Y., displayed good judgment in managing a fire in that city on the 12th of September, which might have caused the destruction of much valuable property had it not been stopped at a critical point. The fire, which was located at Glen Island, broke out at 11.48 p. m., and it was 3.23 a. m., before the flames were under control. The fire occurred among a nest of wooden structures which will be seen by the accompanying diagram. The building that first caught fire was an ordinary three-story brick and wood store without any fire protection. It was 30 years old and the floors were provided with brick and wooden partitions and a hose reel and 400 feet of hose was kept on the premises for fire protection. When the fire department, under Chief Ross, reached the scene, the flames had spread to three buildings and delay was caused by the difficulty in reaching the Island. Twenty-six men and an American-La France triple combination chemical and hose wagon, an AmericanLa France 6-cylinder motor and Seagrave horsedrawn wagon promptly answered the alarm and when access was had to the fire it was soon controlled, with the small loss of only $12,000 on buildings and contents. The diagram furnished by Chief Ross shows the positions of the destroyed buildings from which it may be seen that the flames which spread across a considerable area were well stopped before enveloping all of the inflammable property. The fire was fought with 2 engine streams as the small diameter of the water mains 2 1/2 inches were insufficient to be effective. Only one length of hose burst out of the 1,150 feet employed. The engines had to draft water from the ponds on the property and they did excellent work during the whole time the fire lasted. The contents of the principal building burned consisted of household effects and storage of hotel equipments and the loss would have been very light if no difficulty in crossing the ferry from the mainland had been experienced.

Chief James Ross, of New Rochelle.
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