BUSINESS BUILDING FIRE IN MONTREAL.
Specially written for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING A recent fire took place in the business district of Montreal, Que., when the five-story stone and brick building at 309-311 Notre Dame street, west, was totally destroyed by fire. It was not a new building, being about fifty years old and was of old-fashioned construction, unequiped with standpipes, sprinklers or any modern appliances for firefighting from within. It stood in a street which was 70 ft. wide in front and occupied a space of 80 X 120 ft. It its vicinity, located at a distance of 250 ft. from each other and available for use at fires were nine 4-nozzle and 5nozzle hydrants, with 8-in. connection, with a pressure of 80 lbs. at each. The fire broke out from an unknown cause in the cellar, near the elevator, which acted as a flue, up which the flames were carried to the roof, to which, when the first fire apparatus arrived, the flames had reached. There were called into service five steamers—(three Waterous, one Clapp & Jones and one La France) and fifteen streams in all were thrown, eight from engines and five from hydrants, the nozzles used being of the local type and respectively I-in. 1%-in. and l)4-in. Six thousand ft. of Keystone, cotton, rubber-lined hose. The water-pressure was sufficient to supply good hydrant and good engine streams and was furnished from the 16-in. main laid on the street. The inflammable nature of the contents of the building, which was used as a label factory and one for the manufacture of woolen goods, caused the fire to be a quick and hot one, and the loss was heavy. The firemen had a hard fight and during their struggle with the flames one fell five stories to the basement. He got up unhurt and went back to his dutv working on to the end of the fire, as if nothing had happened.