Austin College Destroyed

Austin College Destroyed

A fire which broke out recently in Austin College, Sherman. Tex., caused a total destruction of the building and miscellaneous contents, with a loss of over $100,000. The building, which occupied the center of 600 feet square space, was three stories high and 36 years old. It was partitioned’ inside with brick walls, but had no sprinkler equipment. The fire, which started on the lower floor of the east end of the building, was of incendiary origin. A citizen discovered it at 8 p. m., and turned in a telephone alarm. When the first apparatus arrived the east wing was burning throughout. To fight this serious blaze three hose wagons, a chemical hook and ladder truck and a Silsby steamer were used. There were available three 4 and 6-inch double hydrants, distant about 600 feet apart. The water pressure as reported by Chief E. Arnold, Jr., was very poor, being at times less than 40 pounds. Two engine and four hydrant streams were thrown, the largest number of streams operating at one time being six. The nozzles used were 1 ¼-inch. The width of the street in front of the burned property is 60 feet, in which a 4 and 6-inch main was laid, 3,000 feet of cotton, rubberlined hose were used. The fire was not stopped until it had completely consumed all inflammable material, and it took over seven hours to complete the task.

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