Business Building Destroyed by Fire at Three Rivers
The G. Marisette Building, located at Three Rivers, Que., Canada, was completely destroyed by fire a short time ago, resulting in a loss of $50,000 on the building and a loss of $70,000 on the contents, valued at $81,000. The building contained a barber shop, cigar store, pool room, club room, etc. The department received an alarm at 2.28 a. m., and immediately responded. The fire was already in a very serious condition upon the arrival of the firemen, and Chief Emil Berthiaume and his men were called upon to exert great skill in order to prevent the femes from spreading to the other buildings of the town’s business section. Thirty-four men were at the fire, along with one steam engine. There were four 6-inch, double hydrants available for use. These were located about 400 feet apart, and at each there was a pressure of 120 pounds. Nine hydrant and two engine streams were thrown from 1and l 1/4-inch nozzles. But one break occurred in the 4,000 feet of cotton rubberlined hose in use. The department was supplied with water from a 10-inch main, by means of the direct pumping system. The fire originated in the center of the building from an unknown cause, and was extinguished in approximately six hours time. A space about 200 feet square was occupied by the building, which was built 8 years ago, of brick with brick partition walls.