Blaze Destroys Airport Hangar
A hanger and nineteen planes were destroyed by a fire which raged through the municipal airport at Des Moines. Ia., recently. The fire was believed to have been started by sparks from welding apparatus dropping on one of the planes, The blaze was fed by bursting gasoline tanks, causing it to gain much headwaybefore the department arrived. Three alarms were sent in.
Despite the complaint of insufficient water pressure, the blaze was under control within an hour. Offices of the Iowa Airplane Company at the southwest corner of the building were damaged somewhat by smoke and water. It is estimated that $106,000 worth of damage was done before the fire was totally extinguished. A number of other planes outside the hangar were far enough away to escape damage.