Des Moines Business Building Fire Extinguished With Small Loss
A business building in the city of Des Moines, Ia., was recently discovered, at 6:57 p. m., to be on fire from an unknown cause. A telephone alarm was at once given and was quickly responded to by Chief Will Burnett with 48 men. The building was of brick, 44×132 feet, three stories high, and about 30 years old, situated on a street 60 feet wide. There was no private fire protection on the property, and as the partition walls were of wood, the entire basement, where the fire started, was burning and the fire going up the open elevator shaft when the fire department arrived. Chief Will Burnett employed one American-LaFrance pumping engine, one Seagrave combination, five American-LaFrance combinations, one aerial and two service trucks of American-LaFrance make. One twoway turret pipe was also used to good advantage. There was a good supply of water, as the main was a 12-inch size and six hydrant streams and one engine stream were thrown at one time. Three thousand feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, 1 1/4 and 1 3/4-inch nozzles, were laid, and proved to be in good condition, as none burst during the fire, which was stopped in the building in about two hours. The property was valued at $35,000 and the contents at $65,000. The building was occupied by a lunch room, shoe repair shop and offices on the first floor, a printing plant on the second and a trunk factory on the third. The loss on the building was estimated at $14,860 and on the contents, $25,000.