Automobile Accessories Burned
The automobile accessory department of the Petrich-Saur Lumber Company, San Antonio, Tex., recently caught fire from some cause unknown. The building was of wood, built about 12 years ago and occupied a space 300 by 450 feet, with a street 60 feet wide in front. It was two stories high and the fire started in the east end of the second story where it was discovered at 1.43 a. m. An alarm was telephoned and the department found about half of the east end of the second story involved. The fire department was equipped with one Metropolitan horse-drawn steamer, two Ahrens horse-drawn steamers, one Ahrens-Fox and one American-LaFrance motor pumping engines. Eighty-five firemen, under command of the chief, A. J. Goetz, were in service, and laid 5,000 feet of cotton rubber lined hose, of which two lengths burst. The nozzles were 1 1/8, 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inches. Twelve hydrants were available, 4-inch double with 4-inch steamer nozzle, supplied from eight and ten-inch mains. The hydrants were 100 feet apart and had 80 pounds pressure. Two hydrant and engine streams were thrown. The fire burned about an hour. The firemen did good work and the buildings, which were valued at $50,000, sustained only about $12,000 damage, and that on contents, comprising door, windows and automobile accessories, valued at $250,000, was kept down to $40,000.