Cotton Warehouse Fire at Charleston

Cotton Warehouse Fire at Charleston

Chief Louis Behrens of Charleston. S. C. and his men had an exceptionally hard fire to fight on March 17th, when the contents of a brick warehouse, which consisted of baled cotton, valued at $100,000 was damaged to the extent of $60,000. Only $2,500 damage was done to the building, valued at $60,000. The building, built some 25 years ago, is two stories high and is located on the water front. A small shed adjoining was destroyed. The fire was discovered by a citizen at S A. M., who immediately sent in an alarm, bringing the firemen in three minutes. The interior of the building by this time was a mass of flames. The fire burned for 14 hours. The pumping apparatus in service consisted of five steamers, a fireboat, and one Webb motor pumper. The fireboat had a 1 3/4-inch stream on the blaze ten minutes after the alarm was sounded. The water works, which is direct pumping, maintained a good pressure, about 50 pounds, according to Chief Behrens, to furnish good plug streams. Fifteen streams were used, 11 being engine, three hydrant, and one fireboat. Ten 4and 6-inch hydrants were available, they being about 250 feet apart and supplied by 8 and 10-inch mains. Not a length of the 6,500 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose burst.

COTTON SHED FIRE AT CHARLESTON, S. C., IN ITS WORST STAGE.

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