British Firemen Fight Blaze at London Bridge
Frontispiece Shows English Department at Work on Station Roof—Electric Building Fire in Milwaukee— Redlands Structure Destroyed—Fire Record of Week
Basement Blaze Endangers Hardware Building
A blaze in some rubbish in the basement, possibly caused by a tossed match or cigarette, nearly resulted in the destruction of a hardware store and electrical equipment company in the eastern part of Milwaukee, Wis., recently. The department received a still alarm at 10.46 A. M., and owing to its prompt response the fire, which had communicated with the second story was confined t o that floor. The building, which was two stories high and constructed of brick and wood with partition walls on the first floor only, was found to be considderably involved when the department consisting of 105 men arrived under the command of Chief Thomas A. Clancy. The apparatus used consisted of two motor pumpers, five steam engines, one fire boat and four trucks. There were several 6-inch double hydrants and four cisterns, from which the department drew its water, about 300 to 600 feet apart with a pressure of 48 pounds. There were thirteen streams thrown, ten of which were engine streams with nozzles of 1 1/8 and 1 1/2 inches drawn from 6-inch mains. In all, 7,150 feet of hose were laid. The water supply was from a standpipe with pressure for supplying plug streams and engines. The value of the building was estimated at $30,000 with a loss of about $10,000, and that of the contents, $75,000 with a loss of about $25,000.
Fire in Steamer in Havana Harbor
The American Steamer Krakow, which recently arrived at the port of Havana, Cuba, caught fire. It had a cargo of shoes and drygoods. The fire apparatus had to be taken aboard ferryboats and carried in that manner to the ship’s side in order to fight the fire. These ferryboats ply between Havana, Regia and Casa Blanca, across the bay. If the ferries are on the other side the fire apparatus is compelled to wait until they return, which causes a delay of ten to fifteen minutes. Havana has no fireboat. They have a large harbor, there having been as many as seventy-two steamers in the harbor at one time. After a four hours’ hard fight, the fire was confined to the hold of the ship. The damage to merchandise was considerable. ALBERT GLUECK.
Building Destroyed in Redlands, Cal.
A fire which destroyed the plant of the E. M. Pope Commercial Company originated from an unknown cause about 10:05 A. M. The building was 150 feet front, 125 feet deep, of one story and built of brick, with corrugated iron roofing, wooden interior and wooden partition walls. It was situated in the center of the city and in the northern part of the business district. The fire started in the basement, and when the department arrived in answer to an alarm which came in over the phone at 10:15, the entire structure was involved and the flames were shooting out of the skylight. As it was evident that there was no chance of saving the building, Charles I. Ary, chief of the department, which numbers about seventeen men, devoted most of his energies to saving the surrounding property. Assistance was called for from Colton, which sent a 1,200-gallon Gorham pumper to the help of Redlands. There were eight 4-inch double hydrants available, from 100 to 400 feet apart, with hydrant pressure of 90 pounds. Eight hydrant and two engine streams were thrown with nozzles of 1 1/2 inch, and 3,400 feet of hose were laid. A deluge-set did good service at the fire. The reason for the rapid spread of this fire was because there was stored in the basement a large stock of paint and oil supplies, which fed the flames, and also because the nature of the contents, hardware implements and hay were very inflammable. The pressure, gravity system, was excellent. The illustrations show two views of the ruins of the building after the fire was extinguished. They illustrate how complete the destruction was.
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Building Destroyed in Redlands, Cal.
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Progress in Hose Couplings Standardization
According to the monthly news letter of the National Fire Protection Association for November, encouraging information is received from Chief Engineer George W. Booth of the committee on fire prevention and engineering standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters as to the progress of his committee in standardizing the hose and hydrant couplings in several states, by the use of the conversion tools worked out by the committee. In Michigan in a single week an engineer with an auto runabout and one set of these tools completely changed over four municipalities. The Michigan Inspection Bureau, State Firemen’s Association, and state fire marshal’s office are co-operating in this work in Michigan. In Indiana the state fire marshal and the Indiana Inspection Bureau are co-operating in a similar effort. Fire Marshal Nettleton of Minnesota is planning to purchase a set of the conversion tools for work in that state.
A unique method of keeping in touch with the members has been adopted by the California State Firemens’ Association’s executive committee, consisting of a monthly letter containing announcements of interest to the members of the association, giving the names of new members, etc. The new members of the association as announced in the November letter are those of the Yuma and Limon fire department, and as an associate member Paul C. Skinner, manager of the Denver branch of the Chemical Co. References are also made to the vicChemical Company. References are also made to the victory achieved (as announced in last week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING) through the campaign for the adoption of the two-platoon system in the state of Colorado.