1917 fire article, 24 May1917

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1917 fire article, 24 May1917 - HIGHSPIRE HOUSES WHICH Steelton and Harrisburg...
HIGHSPIRE HOUSES WHICH Steelton and Harrisburg Firemen Are Called to Help Out the Small Department of the Borough Which Was Entirely Inadequate to Stop the Fire; High Wind Fans Blaze and Drives Swiftly Through Frame Structures Dry as Tinder and Affording Ready Food For the Flames; Large Section of Town at One ton Companies Make Quick Run Fire at Highspire, which was still burning fiercely at 2.45 o'clock this afternoon, completelydestroyed a three - story flour and feed warehouse and three frame dwelling - houses in Front street, all owned by Mrs. Joseph Souder. The flames were first discovered earlread rapidlyand threatened todamage orde - stroy a number of other properties in the vicinity. Harrisburg and Steelton companies companies have been called to the scene as fire - fighting facilities in Highspire are entirely entirely inadequate to stop serious blazes. The flame swere first discovered early in the afternoon in the storage part of the grain warehouse, spreading quickly over the structure, then to the adjoining houses occupied by Mrs. Souder, Charles Shuman and family and Wm. Frazer and family. Cool Yard Fire Just across a small alley from the Souder residence the coal and wood yards owned by A. J. Hoke caught fire and were completely destroyed together with thousands of dollars' worth of valuable fuel. Sparks carried by the high wind to the lower end of the town set fire to a dwelling house across the street from the Bodmer House and fire men were immediately dispatched to check this blaze. . . Fire Chief John C. Kindler and Assistant Marlon Verbeke, of Harris burg, and Fire Chief Malehorn, of the Steelton Department, are at the scene directing the men. All the apparatus of the Citizen, Baldwin, West Side and Paxtang Hook and Ladder companies, Steel - ton and the Washington and Hope companies of Harrisburg are in service. Thousands of feet of hose have been spread through the streets of the borough. Lack of Water Lack of adequate water supply and a west wind that approached a gale in velocity made the work of the firemen difficult indeed. Highspire Highspire Is not prepared for such a fire as It was called upon to fight to - day. ' The ohly sources are the Susque - THE WEATHER - For Harrlabars aad vlelattrt Fair ta - aiaat amd Fridan wao what warmer FrMajr. Far Kastera PeanaylTaalat Fair . ta - siffst aad Fridays allcbtljr Warner Friday. - - River - '' The mala river and the tower portions portions of the Nortk aad West hraaehea will rtac lightly; other streams of the aystem will fall a lowly or reaaala aearly atatloaary. A stage of beat 4.5 feet la Isaleate for Harr la - bora; FrMay moralas. . ' Geaeral CeaoUtlom The storm eeater feaa remalaed early stationary aear Georslaa Bay. Thia dlatarfcaaee has eaas - ed HaTht to moderate rales ever most of the territory betweea the Great Lakes aaa the Atlao - tle eceaa la the last tweaty - fear hoars, with stress; wlada . aad galea la some sectleas. It Is 4 to 14 deajicea eooler this manias la the Kast GaH, Middle Middle aad Soath Athmatie States, except Florlae. Over aearly all the rest of the foealij a sea - . era! rise of 3 - to 14 decrees haa la teaaaeratare si see thm la Sasrtfe Dakota. aaa wi ei 8 a. aa 1 Saai Rises, 4sM a. as. Meant FaB saooa. Jaase fc sUTer StaeaM 44 f eec. wiaii n iiaiiiiiJ, a. jyTaala'lT,, MILL AND THREE DESTROYED BY FIRE .10 THREATENS VILLAGE 4 Time in Grave Peril; h.anna River to the west, the well at the Highspire Distillery and Boosor's Eun at the lower end of town. The firemen were compelled to run long lines of hose to the run and the river. Each line of hose v.as more thon four hundred feet in length, and the pressure, despite the assistance of the engines brought by the visitors, was not what it should have been. ' Time and time again the heroic firemen risked their lives to carry the streams right up to the blaze in order - to make the water more ef rective, and repeatedly they were driven back by bursts of flames that followed the sharp veering of the wind. Had it not been for the in telligent work of the visitors, it would have' been impossible to have stopped the flames short of the outskirts outskirts of town. The sky was filled with thousands of sparks . and people residing in nearby houses were on their roofs with water, wet blankets, and shovels shovels and brooms, and by this means saved other structures that would have caught. For hours the air was a mass of blazing shingles and small bits of woodwork torn by the wind from the blazing houses and 'these were scattered for many blocks around. Houses Born Houses Just across the street from the Souder mill, occupied by Edward Duncan and Edward Chapman, are threatened but so far firemen' are succeeding in their efforts to keep the flames from reaching these properties. properties. " ' At 2.15 there seemed little danger of the blaze reaching the business section of the borough, but - every precaution is being taken by property property owners to limit the area of the flames. , - - . - Blaze Spreads Three Blocks ; The blase at the home of William Kline, in Second street, three blocks from the big fire, practically destroyed destroyed this property before Hope firemen of Harrisburg - could play - strong streams on It - Sparks falling on the shingle roof started it. As there are no building adjoining adjoining the firemen had. little trouble in checking it - - Estimates on the damage to the Souder warehouse and . dwellings could not be obtained this afternoon as Mrs. Souder, the owner, is out of town. . V - v .; - ' - ' , Hope and Washing 413 LOSE LIVES WHEN SUBMARINE SINKS TRANSPORT Former Passenger Liner Torpedoed Torpedoed in Mediterranean on May 4 By Associated Press ' London. May 24.' The British transport Transylvania was torpedoed on May 4 with the loss of 413 persons. persons. " - - The Transylvania was torpedoed In the , Mediterranean. - The following official statement was given out today: today: "The British transport Transylvania, Transylvania, with troops aboard, was torpedoed torpedoed in the Mediterranean on May 4, resulting in the following losses: 29 officers and 373 of other ranks; also the ship's captain, Lieut. S. Bre - ncll and one officer and nine men of the crew." TRAXS - ATLAXTIC SERVICE The Transylvania, an Anchor Line steamship of 14,315 tons gross, has been in the service of the British gov - ' eminent since May 1915, when her sailings were canceled. There have been no recent reports of her movements. movements. When she was first taken over by the British government she was engaged in transporting troops to Gallipoli. , - , - , The Transylvania was built in 1914. She was constructed especially for passenger traffic between New Vnrk and Mediterranean ports. She was 648 teet long - and had accommodations for 2,450 passengers. . 45 DROWSED BY PIRATES By Associated Press Paris. May 24. It is officially announced announced that the French liner Son - tay, bound for Marseilles from Sal - oniki with 344 passengers, was torpedoed torpedoed on April 16 with a loss of 45 lives. The steamer sank rapidly in a heavy sea but the prompt and methodical methodical manner in . which the small boats were launched saved the majority majority of those om board. Captain Mages went down with the ship. The Sontay was a vessel of 7,247 tons and was built in 1908. She was oned In Marseilles. - , y Dentist to Die Tonight For Murder of Wife's Father a Year Ago By Associated Press Ossining, N. T., May 24. Within three days of the first anniversary of his conviction, Dr. Arthur Warren waite, a young dentist, will die in the electric chair - in iSing Sine; Pri son at 11 o'clock . to - night for the murder or nis wealthy father - tn - law John K. Peck, of Grand Rapids. Mich. - ' - - ' A jury In the Suoneme Court: of New Torfc - jcounty found Waite guilty on May . .27. 1918, - 'after he had told how he had anesthatized Mr. Peck and then smothered him with a pillow. pillow. This was after admitted at tempts to kill his victim with noiaon suffocation and other methods. Waite also told the jury that he had killed Mrs. Peck by inoculating ner wnn aisease germs and then giving her poison. His life was a self - confessed record of theft from the time he was 13 years old. REPORT OUT EVERYTHING - Fifty - two bills adding new routes to the State highway system were reported to the House at the morning session to - day by the public roads committee. They would add several hundred miles to the road aystem. - by at O. ner for he by v. today registration to 1': ' V

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 24 May 1917, Thu,
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