A Bad State of Affairs.
No fire alarm, no water in the mains, and the nearest hydrant 1,500 feet distant, produced a complication of troubles such as a fire department rarely encounters, in the case of the burning of the Hudson Lumber Mills, San Leandro, Cal. The plant was situated outside the city limits and covered about five acres, yet had no private fire protection of any kind. The fire was first observed about 4:30 a. m., but it was 6 a. m. before a telephone message could be sent to headquarters. Chief Budd F. Eber answered promptly with the men but found “everything one big blaze,” he stated. Only one stream was thrown, front the Waterous engine. Fifteen hundred feet of cotton rubberlined hose were laid and a Seagrave chemical engine was employed. It is not jcnown how the fire started. The building was of sound concrete construction, about ten years old, valued at $100,000, on which there was an estimated loss of $50,000. The contents, chiefly machinery, valued at $50,000, sustained damage of about $20,000.