Dayton Firemen hold Flames in Check
Just before midnight, while on watch, several firemen of the Dayton, O., fire department recently, saw flames leaping through the roof of a building six blocks away, in which are housed the Gem City Machine Company and the American Coffee & Spice Company. An alarm was sent to headquarters, which was followed by a box alarm, then a second and third alarm. By the lime the last call had been sent in, Chief Frank B. Ramby was on the scene with seven engines twelve hose wagons, four ladder trucks, a number of fuel wagons, and a sufficient force of men to cope with the situation. The ill-fated building is situated at 429 East First street, and covers a ground space of 50 by 220 feet, is four stories high, and was constructed of brick about twelve years ago. Although there are sixty-odd persons employed in the building during the day. no fire protection had been provided except fire escapes, which were of sufficient number. Chief Ramby found on his arrival, the entire fourth floor in flames, which were rapidly spreading to all parts of the building. Entrance was effected by the firemen to the first, second and third floors, but they were driven back by the smoke. The building was easily accessible from the outside, and the attack was then made from all sides, nearly nine thousand feet of hose having been laid from the seven 4and 6-inch double hydrants which fortunately were within a radius of 400 feet. These were supplemented by a 500-barrel cistern with a 4-inch supply pipe. The direct pumping water system furnished a fire pressure of from 75 to 90 pounds, and with 1 1/4-inch nozzles, one three-way turret with a 1 3/4-inch tip, and one deluge set with 1 1/2-inch tip, Chief Ramby directed fifteen powerful streams onto the burning structure from all sides. In the immediate locality is a planing mill and many shingle-roofed dwellings. To prevent these from becoming ignited by the flying sparks, was a difficult task, but with the exception of several incipient fires, no serious damage was incurred by adjoining property, owing to the precaution taken by Chief Ramby to confine the flames to the circle in which they started. It was three hours after the first alarm before the department was relieved. Four lengths of cotton rubber-lined hose were rendered useless by the fire. The property involved was valued at about $140,000, and the loss is placed at $120,000, of which $90,000 is on contents, consisting of coffee, spices and machinery.