Clothing Company Fire in Superior, Wis.
Two firemen injured and the department working at 10 degrees below zero were the conditions under which the Superior, Wis., fire department fought a fire in the building of the Tower Clothing Company in the downtown district on March 19. The building, which was constructed of brick, two stories in height, occupied a space of 50 x 140 feet and had been built about twelve years. The fire originated in the basement from an unknown cause at 1:50 A. M., and on the arrival of the sixty-five men of the department under command of Chief Ole Norman, the basement was found to be entirely involved. Three American-LaFrance pumpers were on the ground but only one was used in pumping for the fire. There were two motor hose cars and one hook and ladder truck also in service. Five 4-inch and three 6-inch double hydrants were in use, with 250 feet between them, and with a pressure of 125 pounds at the hydrant.
Four hydrant and three engine streams were thrown, with nozzles of 1 1/8 inches, the street main being 12 inches in diameter. In all some 55 lengths of hose were laid. The water system was direct pumping. The fire was stopped by the department after an hour’s work on the second floor, the loss being estimated on the building, valued at $40,000, at $8,000, and on the contents, men’s and boys’ clothing, valued at $85,000, at $56,56574. In the illustration, which shows the severe weather conditions under which the department labored, is seen Chief Norman in the group in front of the pumper.
The city of Manning, S. C., has ordered for its fire department a Seagrave 6-cylinder 750-galton triple combination pumper.