Another School Building Destroyed
Lack of an adequate water supply was the cause of the loss of the Griggsville, Ill., high school by a recent fire. The building was two stories high and of brick construction in the old portion, built 62 years ago. while the addition built two years ago was of brick and tile. The only fire protection was Pyrene extinguishers, supplied for every 2,000 feet. The fire started in the basement from unknown cause, between 5:30 and 6 p. m. and the alarm was given about 6 o’clock. When the first apparatus arrived, under command of Chief R. L. Hornbeck, the basement was a mass of fire and the cisterns that were supposed to provide water, proved to be nearly dry. The volunteer fire company of 30 members, of whom 25 were present, worked hard with the means at their command, but were compelled to tear down the adjoining buildings before they could stop the fire. The school and contents were valued at $75,000 and the loss was total. Two motor driven pumpers, two chemicals and a ladder truck were employed and of the 400 feet of rubber-lined hose laid, one length burst. The illustrations give a good idea of the high school building, which was located in the heart of the city, and of the completeness of its destruction.