Cooperage Plant Damaged at Louisville
Fire, starting from an unknown cause, damaged the plant of the Louisville Cooperage Company, at Louisville, Ky., a short time ago. The flames had gained considerable headway before being discovered and the department, on its arrival, found the main building completely ablaze. This building was constructed of wood, 13 years ago, and was one story high. The flames spread rapidly to the dry house, and the engine room, both of which buildings were constructed of brick. Chief T. Lehan and the other members of the department, by the exercise of great skill, saved a part of the plant from destruction. Two hydrant and 16 engine streams were thrown from 1 1/4and 1 1/2-inch nozzles. There was 13,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose in service. Water was supplied through one 20and one 6-inch main, located near the scene of the fire. The water supply system is gravity. The damaged plant occupied a space of 400 by 400 feet. The buildings were valued at $125,000 and the contents at $350,000. The first alarm was received by the department at 7.48 p. m., and the fire burned all night and a large part of the next day. There were 105 firemen at the fire, divided among the following companies: Twelve engine companies, three hook and ladder companies and three hose companies.