Department Store Fire at Manistee
The Manistee, Mich., fire department, Thomas Scott, chief, has received from the press and public of that city much praise for the able manner in which a large department store fire was handled a short time ago. The three-story department store of F. C. Larsen and two adjoining buildings were partially destroyed. The fire started at 3.30 a. m., and when discovered was around the elevator shaft in the basement. It spread very rapidly to the other floors, and the entire building was soon enveloped in flames. The building was in the center of the business section of the city, with an 80-foot frontage on Filer street, 85 feet on Greenbush street, 74 on River street, and 125 in the rear. It joined a building to which the fire spread, and was about one-fourth destroyed. Next to that building was another, which was about one-eighth destroyed. About two hours after the fire started an explosion from an unknown cause blew fragments of steel and castings about 40 feet and wrecked a part of the building. The department store building was of brick and veneer, and built 32 years ago. The other buildings were two stories each. 125 feet deep, and narrow. The fire was caused by electric wires, and burned five hours. There was a fire-alarm box, six chemical extinguishers. five hose connections to standpipes, and 75 feet of hose on each floor of the department store building. There were no fire escapes When the fire department arrived the fire Was going up the elevator shaft.
Two engines—a Nott and a Clapp & Jones one ladder truck, one combination chemical and hose wagon, and one straight-hose wagon were in service. There were 10 streams on the fire through 1 1/8-inch nozzles. The water supply is one direct pumping system with 95 pounds pressure. Four hydrants. 300 feet apart, three of them. 8-inch with three outlets, and one a 4-inch, two-way hydrant, were used. Seven of the streams were hydrant and three engine. In all, 3,100 feet of hose were used. The loss on buildings was $32,000, and on contents $57,000. All the buildings were occupied by dry goods, grocery and general stores.