China Store Fire at Des Moines
Fire damaged the four-story wholesale and retail store of the Brunmaid Company, West Fourth street, Des Moines, Ia., December 16. At 7.29 o’clock the fire department was called by telephone and found a fire spreading from the basement to the top floor, through the elevator shaft. The building, 40x 132 feet, is of brick and wood construction, without partitions, and had been built about thirty years. Thirteen hydrant streams from 6-inch double hydrants, 150 feet apart, gave a 150-pound pressure from a 12-inch street main, which supplied direct system of pressure. With these were used two engine streams, pumped by two American-LaFrance motor pumpers working satisfactorily; 8,400 feet of cotton rubberlined hose were laid, nozzles being 11/4 to 1¾ inches. Two lengths of hose burst. Other apparatus in service were two hose combination cars, seven motor combination cars, two service trucks and an aerial truck. Chief Will Burnett and eighty firemen did excellent work in confining the fire to the burning building. After four hours’ work the fire was under control. The loss on building and contents was $19,200 and $10,700, respectively.