Cotton Saved by Orangeburg Department

Cotton Saved by Orangeburg Department

A metal building 200 feet long and 40 feet wide, one story in height, occupied by the Farmers’ Marketing Association as a warehouse, situated in the southeastern part of Orangeburg, S. C., caught fire recently at 12.45 A. M., the blaze originating in the northeast corner of the building. The alarm came in over the telephone and by the time the fifteen members of the department, under the command of Chief George G. Fisher, arrived on the scene, the building was practically covered with flames. The apparatus in service at the fire was one AmericanLaFrance 1,000-gallon pumper, one American-LaFrance, one Overland, and one Ford hose wagons, one Seagrave ladder truck. Three 6-inch double hydrants were spaced about 300 feet apart with pressure of about 50 pounds. Three engine streams were thrown with nozzles of 1 1/4 inches from a 6-inch main, about 800 feet of hose being laid. A gas mask was brought into requisition during the fire. The water system, which was standpipe and direct pumping supply gave good pressure for the engines. Another warehouse adjoining the one burned and about 60 feet away from it, was saved with 1,000 bales of cotton. There was also saved about $10,000 worth of cotton from the warehouse which was on fire. The loss on the buildings, valued at $35,000, was total and the loss on the contents, valued at $75,000, was $65,000.

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