Denver Fire Department Fights Towering Flames
Fire in the sky alerted Denver firemen to a two-alarm blaze that damaged the eight-story Sunland Feed & Grain Mill at 1495 Delgany Street to the tune of $350,000 on December 24.
The building was constructed of wood covered with corrugated metal and was part of a varistoried complex that extended a full block. The first alarm was sent out at 6:29 a.m. and a second at 6:39, but flames from a towering metal cupola of the storage section of the mill shot high in the sky for more than 30 minutes after arrival of the first-alarm units.
Under the command of Chief Allie Feldman, 12 companies fought the blaze which was officially declared under control at 7:40 p.m. Several handlines, three ladder pipes and four portable monitors were used on the stubborn fire requiring approximately twenty 2 1/2-inch lines. Investigators guessed that a heated belt or motor probably caused the fire. And Chief Feldman said that “the fire probably smouldered in the grain for hours before breaking out into flame.”
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