Building Destroyed in Tunica

Building Destroyed in Tunica

Chief Wm. H. Bywater, Director.

Tunica, Miss., has no fire engines; only hose equipment, and when fire occurred recently in the W. R. Kirby building, in the centre of the town, the structure and contents were destroyed, with a loss of $78,000, despite efforts by B. L. Russell and others to save the property. One 6-inch double hydrant was available and water, supplied by a tank, was obtained from a 6-inch main. One hydrant stream was thrown, 300 feet of hose being in use. The fire started in the centre of the two-story brick structure, 50 by 150 feet, and the cause is unknown. The private protection on the premises consisted of a 50-gallon chemical tank. The ground floor was occupied for mercantile purposes, and the floor as a hotel. By good work the fire was confined to the corner building.

Applications for positions as firemen, in New York City, under the new age limits, 21 to 35 years, will be ready about June 1. The salary is $1,050 to $1,500. The applications will probably be open for six weeks and the examinations will likely be held early in September. After 20 years in service, pensions are granted.

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