Box Factory Burned at Lynchburg

Box Factory Burned at Lynchburg

The factory of the Old Dominion Box Company, situated on the eastern edge of Lynchburg, Va., suffered a loss of $5,000 on its building and $25,000 on its contents during a recent fire. The building was a four-story structure of brick with a metal roof, erected eighteen years ago on a space 40 by 160 feet. The fire was discovered at 11.05 p. m., and a call was telephoned to No. 3 compapny, who, or arriving, sent in additional alarms, bringing Chief W. L. Sandidge with 60 men, four engines, six hose wagons, two aerial trucks 80and 65-ft., and one American-La France motor triple combination wagon. The equipment also included two Hart turret pipes. When the firemen arrived they found the fire, which had started in the basement, burning on two separate floors and the building was filled with smoke. The presence of a canal on one side and of overhead electric wires hindered the work of the department. Eight 6-inch double hydrants, 300 feet apart, were available, throwing streams from the city’s gravity supply at a pressure of 80 pounds, through 6,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, which were used with 1 1/4and 1 3/4-inch nozzles. Ten streams were thrown at one time, six from the hydrants and four from engines. The dimensions of the water mains at that point are 10 and 18 inches. Water was also obtained from the canal. The fire burned for five hours. The building is valued at $30,000 and sustained comparatively slight damage, the bulk of the loss being on the stored contents and supplies.

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