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Box Factory Fire at Chicago.

Issue 25 and Volume 43.

Box Factory Fire at Chicago. On May 21 there was a destructive fire in the Wintermeyer box factory, at 750-8 Throop street, West Side, Chicago. The building occupied a space of 125 x 125 ft. It was rebuilt in 1904, and was three stories in height, of mill construction and not sprinklered. The fire, the cause of which is unknown, broke out on the first floor, and, when the first pieces of apparatus arrived, had communicated to the upper floors. There ere on the spot 22 engines (Nott, Ahrens, Metropolitan, Continental, American-La France and marine), all of which attached to twenty-three 6-in. double hydrants distant from each other from 125 to 250 ft.—average estimate. Twentythree streams were thrown, all from engines and for a considerable part of the time all at once. No special nozzles were used, only the department’s ordinary Ij4-in. and 1¾-⅛. The width of the street in…

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