Chemical Plant Damaged in Pawtucket

Chemical Plant Damaged in Pawtucket

A building of 36,000 square feet in area situated in an isolated section of Pawtucket, R. I., caught fire at 5:40 P. M., from unknown cause and before the fire was extinguished the main building of the Whatchaer Chemical Company was destroyed, the office and garage being saved. The alarm was received by telephone, according to Milton F. Brown, clerk of the fire department, and forty-two men of the department, under command of Chief Charles H. Fuller, responded with two Garford and two Boyd combination hose and chemical cars, one Christie front-drive aerial and one Maxim city service truck. Two six-inch double hydrants were available, spaced 200 feet apart, with a pressure of from 60 to 70 pounds at the hydrant. Three hydrant streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 inches, 950 feet of hose being laid. On the arrival of the department the main building was found to be entirely in flames, and the chief devoted his principal efforts to the saving of the adjoining office and garage, which was accomplished. The loss on the building, which was valued at $200,000, was $102,000, and that on the contents, consisting of grease, soap, etc., valued at $120,000, was $68,000.

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