A FIFTH AVENUE SPRINKLER LOSS.
There is a sprinklered risk at 122-24 Fifth avenue, Manhattan, New York, in which a fire started the other day from unknown causes in the basement. It was said that it was easily controled by the sprinklers. The thermostats and sprinkler alarm both registered properly, and the fire patrol answered the alarm promptly, but was somewhat delayed in locating the fire, as there was no annunciator on the system. The valve to the sprinklers was closed as soon as the location of the fire was discovered, the fire having been practically extinguished by that time by the sprinklers, two of which opened. The fire patrol used one line of hose from a standpipe at the foot of the front stairway to wet down some smouldering stock, and it is claimed that most of the damage was caused by the water from this hose stream. The actual fire loss is estimated at only about $1,000. At the time of the fire, however, the room contained about $95,000 worth of millinery’ stock, mainly straw hats, strawbraid, trimmings, etc., part of which was skidded; but a large portion was not skidded. A considerable part of the loss, which is estimated at forty per cent., was probably due to this feature, as there was a good deal of water on the floor, the sprinkler equipment was standard, with Grinnell glass disk heads, and worked very satisfactorily.