Denver Fire Department Fights Towering Flames

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.”

Ladder and deck pipes hit at towering flames in cupola of Denver feed and grain

Centennial Productions photo

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