Church Building Damaged at St. Louis
The West Presbyterian Church at St. Louis, Mo., was badly damaged at a recent fire caused by defective electric wiring. The building was valued at $140,000 and its contents at $10,000. The loss on the building amounted to $35,000 and that on the contents to $5,000. Residents of nearby buildings stated that they had smelled burning timber for two hours before the alarm had been sounded. Upon his arrival, Chief Frank E. Henderson found that the flames had spread throughout the first floor and had burned through the roof. Chief Henderson and his men, however, succeeded in saving the major part of the church. An ample number of 4 1/2-inch, single hydrants, located about 200 feet apart, were available for use, each giving 30 pounds pressure. The system of water supply is direct and the main nearest the fire was 24 inches in diameter. Thirteen engine streams were thrown from nozzles varying from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size. Approximately 9,000 feet of hose was in service, of which no breaks were reported. In response to the alarms, 136 firemen turned out with thirteen engines, five ladder trucks, three fuel wagons and five officers’ cars. The damaged building occupied a space of 100 by 130 feet and was built of s4one and wood fifteen years ago. The fire started at about 12.30 a. m., and was extinguished in four hours. The alarm was received by means of the Gamewell system.