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Loss from Insufficient Fire Walls Under Wharf House

Issue 17 and Volume 72.

Loss from Insufficient Fire Walls Under Wharf House Space Below Sectional Fire Walls at Low Water Causes Draft Among Inflammable, Creosoted Wooden Piles at the Army Supply Base, New Orleans, La.—Fires of the Week New Orleans Army Supply Base Fire The fire which destroyed the wharf house at the Army Supply Base at New Orleans, La., on September 15 contained some interesting features which are worthy of note. One of these was the fact that it spread beneath the structure among the creosoted wooden piles, where the blaze could not be reached by the fire fighters. According to information furnished by Third Assistant Engineer W. Harraty, ninety members of the New Orleans department fought the fire under Chief John M. Evans, with six American-LaFrance and seven White pumpers and six hose companies. Ten 2 1/2-inch double hydrants were used, 300 feet apart, and 25 engine streams were thrown, 12,000 feet…

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