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Leather Factory Fire at Salem.

Issue 17 and Volume 45.

Leather Factory Fire at Salem. A bad fire at Salem, Mass., cost the Capp Leather company $201,673.62 (full insured). The building, which was 4 1/2 stories high and occupied a space of 800×60 ft., with a street 30 ft. wide in front of the damaged property, on which was laid an 8-in. main of the gravity water supply. Although the building was sprinklered, which was erected three years ago, the equipment was not in operation. The fire originated in the second story from some cause unknown, and. when the tire department under Chief William O. Arnold arrived, smoke was coming out of the rear windows of the main building. There was no lack of apparatus. Five engines, 2 trucks and one hose wagon were on hand, and 5 hydrants, distant about 500 ft. from each other, were available with a pressure of 50 lb. Fourteen streams were thrown at once,…

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