Brewery Fire at Richmond

Brewery Fire at Richmond

Fire threatened to demolish the plant of the Home Brewing Company, of Richmond, Va., on August 27, but prompt and effective work of the fire department restricted the loss. The building occupies an entire block in the western portion of the city. It is a 3-story brick and frame structure containig hops, beer and brewery equipment. The fire started under an open shed on the ground floor where employees were boiling pitch. An alarm was sent in to the department at 11:20 a. m., from the street box. Acting Chief J. F. Raffo responded and found the conditions such as to necessitate, two additional alarms. In all eighty men were engaged in fighting the flames, with five American-La France horsedrawn engines and one Knox motor pumper. Ten hydrants were available, but no hydrant streams were thrown, the eight engine streams doing the work. About 5,000 feet of hose were used with 1 1/4 and lJ4-inch nozzles. The pressure from the direct pumping system of the city water supply was sufficient for the engines. The damaged building was valued at $30,000, and the contents at $28,000.

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