Block Fire at Sioux City
The Trimble Block, at Sioux City, Ia., was damaged $70,000 by fire on January 15. The value of the property was $90,000. The building was 100 x 100 feet, 3 stories, and constructed of brick, with tile walls and wood floors and finish, ten years ago. The fire was of unknown origin and started in the basement. The alarm was sent in at 12:19 A. M., and the fire burned five hours. When the first company and Chief G. M. Kellogg arrived, the fire was burning fiercely. There were no outside openings to allow streams into the basement, which was heavily charged with smoke. Furniture and an automobile supply store were on the street floor. Eight hydrants and two engine streams through 1 1/8and 1 3/4 nozzles, and 4,200 feet of hose, a motor pumping engine, 3 hose wagons and 2 trucks were in service. Water in abundance was supplied by a gravity system with 100 pounds pressure through 8-inch mains and 4and 6-inch double hydrants from 50 to 150 feet apart. A deluge set and a ladder pipe were also used.