Business Part of Arnprior Burned

Business Part of Arnprior Burned

Chief William Beattie and his volunteer fire brigade were called upon September 15 to fight one of the most serious fires which had visited Arnprior, Out., Can., for vears, and were able to keep the loss down to $75,000, although a wind was blowing at the rate of 45 miles an hour. The fire was discovered by a boy about 5 o’clock in the morning. Altogether four large buildings were destroyed, some of them being completely gutted. The Cunningham block itself was partially gutted, the upper stories being completely burned. The fire when first noticed was in McConagies butcher shop. There was a very strong wind blowing at the time which gave the flames every advantage, giving rise to the fear that the whole business part of the town would be wiped out. However, at 8 o’clock this fear was dispelled and the fire was under control by about 9 A.M., and all danger averted.

Chief Beattie had 6 streams going within a very few minutes after the alarm was sounded, using about 1,500 feet of hose, with an abundant water pressure. The fire department of the town of Arnprior consists of chief and twenty men. all volunteer, with the following apparatus: one 2-horse drawn hose wagon with 800 feet of hose; one steamer. 750 gallons; four hose reels, carrying 500 feet of hose; and other minor fire fighting implements. During the fire there was a pressure ranging at the hydrant from 84 to 100 pounds, with six streams in service, and three ladders were raised. No accidents were reported but many narrow escapes befell the firemen in their ambition to keep the fire confined to as small an area as possible.

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A French Aerial Used as Water Tower

Business Part of Arnprior Burned

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