Canadian Department Waits an Hour for Water

Canadian Department Waits an Hour for Water

Concerning the fire which destroyed the Colville Hardware Store at Fort William, Out., recently, the chief of the fire department writes to this magazine: “The store, which was located at 211 Simpson street, covered a space of 50 x 100 feet, was two stories high and built of brick about six years ago. The flames started about 1.20 A. in the furnace room, caused by some wood work becoming over-heated, and in one hour the building was completely gutted. An alarm over tbe regular system was responded to by one Waterous engine, one combination and hose wagons. The firemen found that tile flames had obtained a very good start in the furnace room located in tbe cellar. There were eight hydrants m the immediate vicinity, and after running out 5,200 feet of hose, the firemen were surprised to learn that no water was to be bad, and it was fully an hour before they succeeded in getting a stream on the flames, then a pressure of 121 pounds was at their disposal. From that time on seven hydrant streams and two engine streams were kept at work until the flames were subdued The nozzles employed were I 1/8-inch, four Callahan shut off and three straight nozzles. Unfortunately, when the fire broke out the water bad been shut off for the purpose of repairing a break in the main, and it was fully an hour before it could be turned on. The streets at this” point are (if! feet wide from curb to curb and carry 8-inch and 1 l-incli mains. The water system is gravity, and it would have been an easy matter to stop tbe fire bad the firemen been provided with water at the outset. The Colville building was valued at $100,000 and the stock at $10,000. The loss on both was total. The contents of the building consisted entirely of hardware.”

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