Columbus, O., Has Half a Million Dollar Fire

Columbus, O., Has Half a Million Dollar Fire

Loss of between $400,000 and $500,000, the death of James Arnold, night watchman, and 600 people thrown out of employment are the results of a fire that destroyed the C. & E. shoe factory, Columbus. O., a few days ago. The fire is supposed to have started in the boiler room, sweeping the five-story building, which did not have a single cross wall from bottom to top. The outer walls crumbled like glass under the intense heat. Battalion Chief A. E. Nice, head of the fire company just across the street from the burned factory, who was the first fireman on the scene, said as he stood, watching the firemen tear down the last remnants of the tottering walls with heavy streams of water: “We men at the engine house always hoped that if the building burned it would go at night and not in the daytime, when 150 girls were engaged on the fifth floor. When I got to the fire the entire southwest corner on the Fulton street side was a mass of flames. I broke in the front door as soon as the hose of my company was laid, expecting to reach the fire from the inside, but no human be ing could have lived in the heat. We all knew the danger of the walls collapsing, and I had the ten companies which were throwing water from Crosby alley withdraw and station themselves on the roofs of neighboring buildings. Ten minutes later the east wall fell into the alley.” ‘I he shoe factory faced Fulton street, with Crosby alley on the east and Engter street in the rear. A two-story brick building adjoining, which con tains general offices and storerooms, was not destroyed The loss on machinery and content* of the building will amount to almost $500,000, of which $330,000 is covered by insurance. On the building, valued at $15,000, was carried $20.000 insurance. This makes the net loss $190,000. The fire is believed to have started between 3 and 3:30 a. m. It was discovered at the latter time by residents of the vicinity, who were awakened by the bright light and rushed from their homes to spread the alarm. Several bouses near by were damaged by falling bricks. Prisoners in the county jail saw a light in the boiler room of the factory an hour before the alarm was given.

A recent order was issued to all members of the fire department of Cincinnati. O, by Chief Bunker, who owe money to a chattel mortgage loan company, to report their cases at headquarters at once. Arrangements will be made to settle the loan immediately. “A failure to so report or a continuance of the practise will be considered a breach of discipline.”

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