Chief A. J. Goetz Checks Blaze in San Antonio Warehouse
Fire from an unknown cause was recently discovered in the Merchants’ Transfer Company’s warehouse, at San Antonio, Tex., in the western part of the city, about a mile from the business district. The building was of brick and wood construction, about twenty years old, two stories and basement, and occupied a space 60 by 100 feet. The box alarm came in at 2.31 a. m. The fire started on the second floor and the prompt arrival of the department under command of Chief A. J. Goetz, with a force of 76 men, confined it there. Two Metropolitan steamers, one AhrensFox steamer, one American-LaFrance motor pumping engine and one AhrensFox motor pumping engine furnished ample facilities for effective work. Nine 4-inch double’ hydrants, 100 feet apart, were available, having a pressure of 80 pounds on a 12-inch main. Two hydrants and eight engine streams were thrown. The hose used was 6,000 feet of cotton rubber lined, of which two lengths burst. The nozzles were 1⅛, 1 1/4 and l 1/2-inch sizes. The fire was extinguished in 45 minutes. One fireman was slightly hurt by falling from a ladder. The building was valued at $18,000, and the loss on it was kept down to $9,000. The contents, which were oils, merchandise and groceries, were valued at $200,000, of which about $60,000 worth was lost.