Chief Would Not Connect Steamer to Automatic Sprinkler

Chief Would Not Connect Steamer to Automatic Sprinkler

A loss of about $25,000 on stock and $15,000 on buildings and plant of the Cream City Bedding Company, at Milwaukee, recently, is blamed largely to the failure of the fire department to connect a steamer to the automatic sprinklers when the first apparatus arrived, and underwriters and others severely score the assistant fire chief, who first arrived on the scene for this. The fire started in some sheds adjoining the factory and warehouse, the sheds having been erected after the factory and warehouse and were equipped, but the equipment not being extended to protect them. The water supply for the equipped portions depended upon a fire pump in an adjoining establishment and the city mains. The fire pump was operated until the water supply had been reduced to about a three-foot level, when the owners of the pump refused to operate it further. An assistant inspector of the Milwaukee Board of Eire Underwriters arrived on the scene about the same time as the first apparatus and he begged that the assistant fire chief have a steamer connected with the sprinkler equipment, but the fire official declined to do so. Pater Acting Chief Linkman arrived and he at once ordered a steamer connected, but the fire had got beyond control by this time and the heavy loss resulted. The action of the assistant chief is the more remarkable since Chief Clancy was very strongly in favor of it,

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