Bad Attleboro Fire Controlled
Three business buildings at Attleboro, Mass., were destroyed recently by a fire which swept the business section. Fire was discovered in the basement of one of these three-story wooden buildings, the San Souci department store, at 12.45 a. m. The firemen, on arriving, found fire coming through the windows and making its way up stairways of this store and destined to sweep the adjoining buildings of wood, in which were housed a drug store, a grocery and jewelry store. Six engine streams and 100 firemen were used in checking the progress of the flames. Six combination chemical and hose cars, a hose wagon, two ladder trucks and three motor pumping engines were employed, the latter being of Ahrens-Fox, American-La France and Webb makes, and worked well. Two deluge sets were also used, but so rapid was the spread of the fire that neighboring fire departments were called upon to send apparatus. As many as nineteen streams were thrown at a time to protect the buildings beyond the three doomed to destruction. A 16inch street main supplied 80-pound pressure to eight available hydrants of fourway and three-way type. Two engines drafted water from the river; in all, 9,700 feet of hose were laid. In less than three hours Chief H. R. Packard had the fire under control. The buildings destroyed, with contents, totaled a loss of over $300,000. Cause is unknown.