Business Building Badly Burned in Klamath Falls

Business Building Badly Burned in Klamath Falls

A large business building in Klamath Falls, Ore., recently gave the fire department of that town a busy 16 hours. The fire started from a cause not ascertained, at 4 a. m. in a cafe occupying the lower floor of a 30 years old three-story wooden structure, 126 x 100 feet, in the business section. The property had no private fire protection and when the department arrived, headed by Chief J. A. Hunsaker, the cafe was thoroughly involved and smoke was issuing from every window in the building. A high wind was blowing at the time. The department is a volunteer one, with a paid chief and driver and boasts a large Seagrave combination fire truck, regarding which the chief says: “It is the best that is made and we are sure proud of it.” Two engine and three hydrant streams were thrown at one time, nozzles 3/4and 1 1/8-inch. Four 4-inch double hydrants were available, 300 feet apart, with an adequate pressure of 75 pounds, supplied from a 10-inch street main. Two lengths burst, of the 1,500 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose laid, which caused some delay but the 17 men employed did such good work that they held the fire, notwithstanding the wind, to the place of origin, stopping it there after 16 hours. The property was valued at $40,000 and was damaged to the extent of $35,000, while on the $50,000 contents, there was a loss of $30,000. Two clothing stores occupied the lower floor, beside the Rex cafe and the upper part of the house was used for rooming.

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