Church in Cedar Rapids Gutted
The First Baptist Church at Cedar Rapids, Ia., was gutted by fire on October 31. Some coal men discovered the fire, which started in the basement, at 3.30 p. m., and it is stated they tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose before sending in an alarm, delaying the department, commanded by Chief W. A. Mohrbacher, thirty minutes. When the firemen reached the church the fire had spread through all parts of the structure. Five hydrant and one engine streams were thrown through 4,000 feet of hose with l^-inch nozzles. The church building was twenty years old and was constructed of brick and wood. The department has 23 firemen and one American-La France triple combination wagon, one American-La France motor chemical and hose wagon, two hose wagons and one ladder truck. The damage was estimated at $42,000.