A Kalamazoo Fire.
A large portion of the mill of the Bryant Paper company at Kalamazoo, Mich., was recently burned, although the building was sprinklered. One of the gate-valves of the system was broken, and that caused the failure of the sprinkler plant. Very little water flowed through the valve and the sprinklers in the burned section were not operative. The fire started on a Sunday morning in the basement of a storage section, and seven men who were at work in the mill at once got out two lines of hose, but were unable to hold the fire on account of the smoke, the section being completely destroyed. It was not cut off from (lie remainder of the mill, but was prevented from spreading into the communicating sections by the sprinklers, which opened and checked the flames. The pipe leading to the riser supplying the storage section passed a very small stream of water, sufficient to fill the pipes and respond to any ordinary test. The sprinklers in the section have been tested and found in goixl condition.
A $6,558 cnginehouse at First street and St. Clair avenue, East St. Louis, Mo., has been contracted for at $6,558.