Clever Fire Work at Iowa City
Iowa City, Ia., had a fire a short time ago that threatened to wipe out a large section of the city, but owing to the hard and clever work of the chief and his men, the total loss was reduced to about $50,000. From the illustrations herewith it will be seen that the fire was discovered among a nest of wooden buildings, are shown at the extreme left of the picture. From the inflammable nature of the contents of this building, the fire had made good progress before the firemen w’ere aware that it had broken out, and it is much to their credit that some of the structure remains
to show how well the work of extinguishment was done. There was good pressure at the hydrants, and from these some few effective streams w’ere thrown, using such good judgment that not only was a portion of the building saved, but the tinder box structures in the neighborhood escaped with only a severe scorching. Fires of this nature occur so frequently and destroy so much property that it is satisfactory to show how little loss was sustained in this case. It is well that these old wooden structures should go, as in their places will spring up more substantial buildings, having some pretensions to fireproof construction. It is such fires as this one in Iowa City that communicate with valuable property and cause the loss of millions of dollars every year, therefore their elimination ought to be received with much satisfaction. A lesson also taught by this expensive blaze is that in cities or towns where large numbers of wooden buildings exist, the tire departments ought to be fully prepared to fight fires in them. Combination chemical wagons will be found the most serviceable for this class of work and some regular drill, with the men and apparatus, in methods of attack and protection of adjoining buildings to that in which a fire occurs would be good precaution.