Fire Gets Beyond Sprinklers at Chicopee

Issue 23 and Volume 61.

Fire Gets Beyond Sprinklers at Chicopee A recent fire which started in the drying room of the Dana S. Courtney bobbin factory on the north side of the Chicopee river at Chicopee, Mass., had already communicated from the drying room to part of the plant not sprinkled when the fire department, commanded by Chief John E. Pomphret, arrived. He found the fire in a very dangerous condition and had a number of difficulties to contend with, including the great headway gained by the flames, the inflammable nature of materials, large lumber piles and the inability to fight the fire from all the sides, the plant being built on the bank of the river and at high wind, which greatly handicapped the firemen, but they succeeded in saving part of the building. The plant occupied half an acre and the building, which was twenty years old, was one, two and three…

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