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.