Bridgeport Department Does Good Work at Business Building Fire
On December 9, Bridgeport, Conn., suffered a fire loss of approximately $40,000 by the burning of the Kicks Realty building, occupied by the Lyon & Grumman Hardware Company and other stores. This building was located in the center of the city, was four stories high and occupied a space 97 by 92 feet. It was built over 50 years ago of brick, and had partition walls of both brick and wood. The fire originated in the basement of a jewelry store at about the center of the building, from an accumulation of rubbish in the cellar. The fire was discovered by a pedestrian, who turned in the alarm at 4:55 p. m. The fire department, under Chief Johnson, made good time in getting to the blaze and soon stopped it in the rear of the building, on the first floor of the hardware store. Twenty-five people were employed in the building, but no lives were lost nor none hurt. The only private fire protection on the property consisted of hand chemical extinguishers, while the only means of escape provided were fire escapes, quite insufficient in number. When Chief Johnson arrived, a good strong fire was raging in the cellar. Sixty-five firemen were on duty within a few minutes and employed two trucks, one chemical wagon, three American pumpers, one La France pump and one Waterous gasoline engine. Twelve hydrants were available and were of the 6-inch double variety. The distance between them varied from 200 to 250 feet, while the water pressure was 65 pounds. No direct hydrant streams were thrown, but nine engine streams were placed on the fire at. one time, using 1 ⅛and 1 1/4-inch nozzles. The water supply was sufficient, there being 36-, 16and 10-inch mains on the surrounding streets. Although 3,500 feet of hose were used, not one length burst. The value on the building was $54,000, and contents amounted to nearly $200,000. The total loss approximated $45,000. Under the direction of Chief Johnson, the fire was soon under control. The contents of the building consisted of hardware, jewelry, cigars, sporting goods, hats and gives an idea of the efficient work of the Bridgeport department, and shows how well the fire was handled. For the data on the fire, this journal is indebted to J. H. Crossley, of the Bridgeport department.