Building Damaged in Albany
Albany, Ore., had a fire recently which required 4 1/2 hours hard and skillful work by Chief W. A. Eastburn and about 20 firemen to overcome. The first floor of the building, a two-story high and of brick construction, was occupied by a confectionery store, a billiard hall and a moving picture show. The upper part was unoccupied, there being about thirty empty rooms. The damage below was by water only. The first was discovered about 2 a. m. by a night watchman, and made such rapid progress that Chief Eastburn, on his arrival, found the fire burning through the skylights. A tin roof hindered the firemen in their work. Two American-La France motor pumping engines did excellent work, and Chief Eastburn had four engine and three hydrant streams on the fire. A combination chemical truck was also in service and 2,500 feet of hose. With 100 pounds pressure at the hydrants, there was sufficient water for good plug streams and to supply the engines. Spray nozzles were used. The value of the property before the fire was $25,000, and the damage to it amounted to $9,000, while the loss on contents, worth $5,000, was $3,000.