A Chicago Leather House on Fire.
The premises of the Chicago Tanning company, situated in the north division of the city, were badly damaged by a fire of unknown origin, which broke out on the fourth floor in the rear of the building. The warehouse occupies a space of 48×100 ft., and is a 4-story brick structure, with a basement. It was erected sixteen years ago and was neither fireproof nor equiped with sprinklers. When the fire department arrived, the whole of the fourth floor and part of the third were fully ablaze; but, with nine engines discharging nine powerful streams at once and their crews and those of two hook and ladder companies doing good work, the flames were subdued, although at first they seemed very formidable, and just as the chief of the Second battalion arrived an explosion took place. No streams were thrown from the hydrants, ten of which, double 2j4-in. and double 4-in., were available, with more, if needed. The hydrants were distant from 200 to 600 ft. from each other, the pressure at each being 20 lb. From 4,000 to 5,000 ft. of cotton, rubber-lined hose were in use, of which not one length burst. The ordinary Chicago 1 1/8. and 1 1/4-in. nozzles and no special fire tools were employed. The water-pressure for the engines was quite adequate. The water was pumped from a 6-in. main supplied from both ends and laid in front of the building on a street 68 ft. wide. The smoke was very stifling, as it came from leather goods and parlor frames. The insurance on the building w’as $13,000; on the contents, $31,000. The loss was about fifty per cent. It was an ugly fire to fight.