Brewery in Salt Lake City Wrecked by Fire
The H. Wagener Brewing Company’s plant at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah, was wrecked by fire recently, only the shell of the building remaining standing. The loss was estimated at $200,000 to building and contents insured for $105,000. The fire, origin of which is not known, was discovered in an abandoned water tank room in the upper part of the building by the stable foreman, who, with the brewmastcr and brewery foreman, attacked the flames with a line of hose attached to the only hydrant on the brewery grounds, but their efforts were unavailing, the water supply from the brewery spring being inadequate in quantity and pressure. Fire headquarters in Salt Lake City was telephoned to and Chief Bywatcr responded with a motor-driven steamer and hose wagon. Just as the apparatus arrived an explosion broke the brewery’s private water main and the department was confronted with an absolute impossibility of obtaining a supply of water at all adequate. The bed of Emigration Creek was fully 75 feet below the brewery and the water could not be lifted successfully and because of the steep sides of the canyon the steamer could not be lowered to the creek. All that could be done was to play a weak stream of water, all that was available, on the boiler house, separate from the main plant, and save that building. The main part of the plant was gutted throughout, only the east and south walls of the main building remaining. Two thousand four hundred barrels of beer were destroyed.
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